The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
This project is to construct a 23 stall parking area and connection trail to the Little Si Trailhead in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area. The Little Si Trail system is one of the most popular in the Puget sound area. On many weekends throughout the year cars fill-up the existing parking lot and then park illegally along the narrow roadway and adjacent to local residences. Development of this overflow parking area will address this public safety hazard and reduce residence/hiker conflicts. DNR will likely expand this new lot in a secong phase with other funding sources. This project will be completed concurrently and in coordination with King County Department of Transportation’s replacement of the adjacent Mount Si Bridge.