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 Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District will use this grant to buy 1.17 acres on Taylor Bay, next to Taylor Bay Park, on south and west ends of the Key Peninsula in Pierce County. The land is a missing link that abuts two parts of Taylor Bay Park. Buying the land will reduce public confusion about access and eliminate potential conflicts. The park district will improve the stairs that go to the beach and will redesign a driveway to allow for public parking. The park district will contribute $204,500 in cash and conservation futures.