Public comments sought on Joseph Whidbey park development


Joseph Whidbey State Park is being considered for development that could include up to 50 rentable cabins, a central lodge, new day-use facilities and dry boat storage. The north Whidbey park is part of an initial list of 11 potential development projects state wide that are open for public input.

The original feedback deadline was Jan. 31 but it has been extended through May 11, according to Virginia Painter, communications director for Washington State Parks. The parks commission is expected to review and potentially approve the list at their regular May 19 meeting. Comments can be offered here.

Painter said the plans under consideration are still in the early conception phase and that at least one other period of public comment will be available once a developer is found and concrete plans are created. Information on all 11 projects can be found here.

Roughly 60 of Joseph Whidbey’s 206 acres could be included in the plans for development. The possible developments, known as Recreational Business Activity sites, would be privately financed recreation developments intended to provide amenities for park visitors while also generating revenue for the state park system, according to the proposal.

State parks said they are willing to consider other proposals that enhance the park based on public comment and that proposed developments must not impact existing park amenities.




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