Land classifications, boundaries and facility concepts for a new Harstine Island State Park will be considered by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission at a meeting July 23 in Poulsbo.
Public land-use planning has been underway for nine months for the 141-acre Fudge Point State Park. Fudge Point is located on the east side of Harstine Island, south of McMicken Island State Park.
During the planning process, public comment has focused on protecting private land, beaches and shellfish beds. According to a state parks statement, “Public comments from neighbors indicated they preferred the long-term boundary be limited to a lagoon area and not to provide a land-based link for pedestrians on the beach between McMicken Island State Park and Fudge Point. The plan to be considered by the Commission reflects these preferences.”
This week’s meeting, one of seven held each year, is at 9 a.m. at the Poulsbo City Hall, 200 Moe St. The full agenda is posted online at parks.wa.gov.
There are several land classifications the commission will consider for Fudge Point.
Resource Recreation: “116 acres under current park ownership and 166.4 of lands included within the long-term boundary — the majority of the park. This classification balances appropriate levels of recreation access with protection of natural resources and preservation of the park’s natural shoreline. Staff recommends signs to educate visitors to respect natural resources, neighboring properties and aquaculture activities,” according to a statement released by the state.
Recreation: The park’s statement says, “20.3 acres of uplands in a flat area away from the water, with opportunities for access by car, bike or foot, development of day-use parking, flush comfort stations and potential future picnic shelters, campsites and cabins. Also, a Recreation designation would be placed on (4/5 acre), to allow for sanitary facilities and ADA-compliant beach access.”
Natural Area: “10 acres, including the lagoon, mouth of the stream and associated feeder bluffs. While retaining access to the beach, this classification limits development to interpretive signage and pedestrian trails or boardwalks to enhance protection of the area, which includes critical habitat for sand lance and smelt.”
If the commission adopts the plan, State Parks expects development will start with a parking area located in the Recreation zone.
The Commission will consider other business at the meeting, including a finding a 31.4-acre property on Squaxin Island to sell to the Squaxin Island Tribe. Sale of park lands to the Tribe would generate approximately $45,090 and may be used only to acquire other lands for park purposes.