West Bay Park Phase 2

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

Olympia will use this grant to buy 1.07 acres of waterfront and develop a panoramic viewpoint, seating areas, handheld boat launch, strolling paths, a segment of the West Bay Trail, landscaping, and other improvements at Rotary Point in West Bay Park. Jutting into Budd Inlet, Rotary Point will create a stage for viewing the beautiful State Capitol, waterfowl, marine mammals, and fish. The land will serve paddlers traversing Puget Sound and may function as the southern-most put-in on the Cascadia Marine Trail. Local Rotary Clubs are donating design and development costs. This prime waterfront property will be developed for commercial or residential uses if it is not acquired for public access. Olympia’s goal is to eventually acquire a total of 16.8 acres for West Bay Park and to link the park via the West Bay Trail with the State Capitol Campus, downtown Olympia, and surrounding neighborhoods. Olympia will contribute $366,134 in cash and donations of cash, labor, and materials.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Olympia City of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $366,134.00 Applicant Match: $366,134.00 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1633

Location Details

From IAC headquarters, drive north on Capitol Boulevard, turn left on State Avenue, continue over 4th Avenue Bridge, at second roundabout turn right on West Bay Drive, continue to park driveway and sign on right.

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.