Master plan proposals for Kopachuck focus of meeting Wednesday

Staff reportApril 20, 2014 

The development of a master plan for Kopachuck State Park continues Wednesday with another chance for the public to view a preliminary plan. The plan for converting the park to a day use-only area was created by an ad hoc committee.

Washington State Parks is creating the plan because laminated root rot has infected many trees in the park, particularly in what was the campground. Last year, the agency made permanent the decision to close the campground, feeling it was too unsafe for the public to use that area of the park.

The current planning process will result in a master plan based on the park’s current day-use status and following the land classifications adopted in 2010.

The preliminary plan includes a kitchen building, with a deck and barbecue, a playground, horseshoe pits and a small amphitheater, said Linda Gough. A member of Preserve Our Parks, she also is a member of the ad hoc committee selected bt State Parks officials.

“The proposals for the shoreline are simple, but will really serve our needs,” Gough said. “There will be an easier way to get kayaks down to the water and onto the beach from the water. We made a genuine effort to be inclusive with improved trails and lookout areas for all to enjoy one of the few public-access areas to the Sound.”

She admits major questions include a timeline and financing the work.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the commons at Kopachuck Middle School, 10414 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor.

For those who missed a similar meeting Feb. 11, they can view that presentation online at parks.wa.gov/858/kopachuck-master-plan.

Public comment can be shared at the meeting or sent via email to planning@parks.wa.gov.

Kopachuck covers 109 acres and includes 5,600 feet of saltwater shoreline on Henderson Bay. The park includes Cutts Island, a half-mile from shore and reachable only by boat.

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