State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
State Parks will use this grant to buy 44 acres near Black Diamond, in the Green River Gorge Conservation Area. The land in Icy Creek Ridge is some of the last needed before State Parks can build a trail along the south rim of the gorge, from Kanaskat-Palmer State Park to Flaming Geyser State Park. The landowner has developed roads and has 14 building sites. The purchase will prevent the development and protect habitat corridors between the Green River and King County’s Bass Lake complex to the south. The road will provide access to a future trailhead. The landowner is a willing seller. The State Parks and Recreation Commission will contribute $727,500 in a state grant.