Outdoors

Much of Joemma Beach State Park to close during boat launch work

Work to replace the boat launch at Joemma Beach State Park on the Key Peninsula will begin July 28 and force a temporary closure of much of the park, including beach access.

The work is expected to be completed Aug 2.

Park visitors also will not be able to access the water trail campsites, day-use areas and picnic shelter, according to Washington State Parks news release.

Open during construction will be the first camping loop (sites 1-12), moorage at the dock and mooring buoys with restricted access to the park.

The work has to be done because the existing boat ramp is deteriorating and has several holes and exposed rebar, according to the release. The new ramp will made of 4-foot-by-12-foot concrete planks. The completed launch will be smoother and safer for boaters, and will also have a slightly smaller footprint on the beach, the release said.

The project is part of State Parks’ deferred maintenance list and is being paid for from state capital bond funds. The work on the boat ramp is the final phase of an $85,000 deferred maintenance project, which also included replacing the gangway ramp from the pier to the floats at the park.

“We realize the timing for this project is not ideal, since it’s our busiest time of year, but we are restricted to specific work windows due to permitting regulations and need low tides to do the construction work. I believe visitors will really appreciate the new boat launch for years to come,” Janet Shonk, area manager, said in the release.

If the work is completed before Aug. 2, the park will fully reopen, Shonk said.

The 122-acre marine camping park has 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on the southeast Key Peninsula. For more information on the park, including maps, go to parks.wa.gov/524/Joemma-Beach.

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM

Junior Ranger programs will be offered at Lake Sammamish State Park through Aug. 30. Programs take place each weekend from 1-2:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. Saturdays, and from 1-2:30 p.m. Sundays.

The programs will take place at the new Sunset Beach Bathhouse at the park, 2000 NW Sammamish Road, Issaquah.

The programs are designed for children of all ages and vary each weekend. The programs will feature hands-on nature topics and crafts such as creating bird masks, bat ears, bug goggles, kites, paper tree-vests and recycled-bottle bird feeders, according to a State Parks news release. Children will also have the opportunity to decorate their bikes and parade around the trails with park rangers on posted dates.

More information about each weekend’s programs will be posted at parks.wa.gov/Calendar.aspx.

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