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.
The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to improve and further develop the Margaret McKenny Campground and Trailhead in Capitol State Forest, near Olympia. The department will build four new campsites, repave roads, enlarge trailhead parking, and install a septic system at the campground host site. The work will reduce routine maintenance costs, improve the experience for visitors, and help meet the increasing demand for parking and overnight camping. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $8,500 in staff labor and donations of equipment and labor.