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 improve access to the beach in Kopachuck State Park, a 114-acre waterfront park on Puget Sound’s Henderson Bay, southwest of Gig Harbor, in Pierce County. State Parks will build parking, a restroom, walkways, scenic viewpoints, a picnic plaza, a pocket beach, and marine campsites. Currently, getting to the beach is challenging or impossible for some visitors because of the steep hillside and trail conditions. The existing day-use parking lot is 120 feet above the beach. Several conditions triggered the need for new facilities – landslides wiped out a Cascadia Marine Trail campsite and required removal of the beach restroom and tree root rot closed the campground to protect public safety. This project is an essential first phase for maximizing public use and enjoyment of this beautiful public park.