Nisqually State Park–Manke Property, Phase 2

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

State Parks planned to use this grant to acquire 214 acres of privately-owned property within the long-term boundary of Nisqually State Park. This property included the high point in the park, which the Master Plan identifies as an open-air observatory and storytelling area. This area was key to the park’s purpose of telling the story of Native American use of the site through time. The property also included a portion of the planned trail system in the park. The primary recreation opportunity to be provided by this project was public access. State Parks did not acquire this property as it was sold to the Tribe.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: State Parks WWRP Grant: 13124.23 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 2 Status: Not Completed RCO Project # 12-1245

Location Details

From SR 7 south, turn right on Mashel Prairie Road just outside Eatonville. Nisqually State Park is on both sides of the road. The Manke property can be seen to the to the east of the private parcels that are along Mashel Prairie Road. It can be accessed through the eastern yellow gate.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.