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 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.