Public can help updated Kopachuck State Park plan

April 30, 2014 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a second workshop to develop an updated master plan for Kopachuck State Park near Gig Harbor.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Commons at Kopachuck Middle School, 10414 56th St. N.W., Gig Harbor.

The workshop is part of an effort to develop a plan based on the park’s current status as a day-use operation and in keeping with land classifications adopted as part of a 2010 park planning.

In 2010, the agency helped identify issues and gather public comment on the park. State Parks approved land classifications and a long-term boundary for Kopachuck in January 2011. Since that time, the park was found to be infested with laminated root rot, a disease that affected many of the mature Douglas firs. In 2012, many trees were removed. The park is now day-use only, and the forested campground remains closed for public safety concerns.

At the meeting Wednesday, staff will present the preliminary plan developed by an ad-hoc planning committee formed before the first planning meeting that occurred Feb. 11. The public also can view the presentation from the February meeting at Public comment can be shared at the meeting or sent via email to

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