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 design and construct beach access facilities within Kopachuck State Park, a 114-acre waterfront park on Puget Sound’s Henderson Bay, SW of Gig Harbor in Pierce County. If funded, this grant will fund the second phase in the redevelopment of this site and provide critical accessible beach access where currently access to the beach is challenging if not impossible, due to steep hillside and trail conditions. The elements included in this project are the following: a beach area restroom, accessible walkway system, scenic viewpoints, picnic plaza, pocket beach and marine campsite. It is anticipated that new day use facilities will attract thousands of visitors to Kopachuck annually who will want access to the beach. Primary recreation provided by this grant is accessible beach access, walking, shellfish gathering, picnicking, kayaking and environmental education. Park neighbors, the adjacent schools, emergency services, Harbor WildWatch and WA Water Trails Association support this project.