Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.
The Skagit County Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to buy 10 acres, including .38 mile of shoreline on the “Wild and Scenic” designated Skagit River, to expand Pressentin Park, in Marblemount. The 47-acre park is bordered on two sides by the Skagit River and State Highway 20. This purchase will allow the County to develop parking and a day-use area that are removed from the floodplain and land with cultural resources present. It also will allow people to use the park for fishing, eagle watching, and picnicking. In the future, the County plans for the park to include a system of trails for water and wildlife viewing and a bicycle-only camping area. Skagit County will contribute $122,400 in cash and a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.