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 currently owns 2,800 acres on the Miller Peninsula, between Port Townsend and Sequim. This project provides funds to purchase a key, 32-acre inholding located near the center of state park ownership. The property is zoned heavy industrial and the current landowner uses explosives to fuse metals. This is an excellent time to pursue acquisition, as the owner is looking to relocate his business. The Park has not been developed beyond the informal system of trails established by neighbors and a small number of park visitors. State Parks has wanted to delay extensive park development until this industrial operation is moved. The abandoned industrial buildings can house core administrative facilities for this, and other state parks on the Olympic Peninsula.