Inslee’s budget would fund Skagit farmland, recreation projects —

Inslee’s budget would fund Skagit farmland, recreation projects

By Kimberly Cauvel
Skagit Valley Herald

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2015-2017 budget, which was released Thursday, would support three Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program* grants for conservation and recreation projects in Skagit County.

Last year, the coalition received $65 million in state funding, but had hoped for up to $97 million in the years ahead.

Inslee’s $70 million proposal would fund 80 projects across the state. Another 122 projects would not make the cut, including a state Department of Fish and Wildlife project planned for part of the Skagit Wildlife Area.

Fish and Wildlife hoped for a $190,000 grant to install a parking lot, portable restroom and fencing at the Samish River Unit, also known as the Welts property.

The legislative session will begin in January, and a budget is expected to pass during the summer.

Skagit projects that would be supported in the budget Inslee proposed include:

Skagit County farmland

Skagit County plans to extinguish development rights on 11 farms near Bow. Under the Skagit Basin Farmland Legacy Program proposal, each of the farms would have an agricultural easement in perpetuity.

Potential grant: $58,237

County match: $58,238

More information: skagit.ws/1GwYoCe

Kukutali Preserve day-use development

Kukutali Preserve co-owners, state parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, opened the portion of Deception Pass State Park on Kiket Island to the public in June.

They propose improving day-use access to the preserve with low-impact development of trails, water access points, a picnic shelter area, viewing platforms, vault toilets and interpretive signs.

Potential grant: $375,000

More information: skagit.ws/1z28d5d

John Storvik spray park and new restroom

The city of Anacortes proposes developing its first spray park at John Storvik Municipal Park, along with installing a new restroom facility. The 8.7-acre Storvik Park was built in 1974 and has a baseball field, basketball courts, playgrounds and a horseshoe pit.

Potential grant: $335,000

City match: $347,500

More information: skagit.ws/1wp8p1w

* This story corrects the name of the program that receives funding.

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