State Parks will unveil preliminary recommendations for Fudge Point State Park

Preliminary planning recommendations for the Fudge Point State Park property on Harstine Island will be presented at a meeting Wednesday.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is holding the meeting, the third held so far, so that the public can learn more about the recommendations and provide comments.

Fudge Point is on the east side of Harstine Island, 0.75 miles south of McMicken Island State Park. Washington State Parks acquired the 136-acre property in 2013 and 2014 for public access and recreation. It includes 3,300 acres of natural shoreline; Buffington’s Lagoon; a flat, sandy beach; and adjacent uplands. The location is high-quality habitat, including undisturbed nearshore habitat for salmon.

During the meeting, State Parks staff members will present recommendations for the long-term boundary, land classification and the management and facilities concept plans of the property.

Staff members will consider additional public input as they develop the preliminary plan, which will be presented to the commission for consideration at its July 23 meeting in Poulsbo.

State Parks staff members began the Fudge Point planning process in October 2014 with a public meeting to present background and give the public an opportunity to provide input on a vision for recreation possibilities at the property.

The second meeting was held Jan. 28 to present several alternatives, based on comments provided during the initial meeting and on the agency’s website. Comments provided during this phase guided planners in developing and further refining the alternatives with the goal of developing a vision for the property.