Land Classification and Long-Term Boundary Recommendations
The Commission approved classification of Alta Lake as a combination of three land classifications: Recreation, Resource Recreation and Natural areas. These are graphically represented on the map below. The long-term boundary recommendations for the south end of the lake offer an opportunity to expand the offerings at Alta Lake State Park, which is currently limited to the existing developed footprint. It is the logical next place to expand recreational use; will protect views and the recreation experience both in and around the lake; provides an opportunity to offer non-motorized boating access away from the boat ramp at the north end of the lake, which is well-used by motorized boats; and provides a front-country gateway to the backcountry to the southeast.
Bridgeport Classification and Management Plan
One of the most important issues to address in the Bridgeport was to identify opportunities for re-use of the park property that was previously used as a golf course. The CAMP process generated significant feedback about future use of the area including continued trail use along the “links” and other recreation uses consistent with the lease agreement State Parks holds with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The public supports continued use of the area as a landscaped green space, expanded camping and day-use where both types of visitors will enjoy river views, trail development and space for interpretive programming and events. These opportunities will all be supported by the commission’s adoption of the CAMP.
The purpose of this stage is to understand what is important to the park community, what to change or save in the state park. This helps get a sense of the range and type of issues that need to be considered through the planning process.
STAGE TWO – EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES
At this stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred alternative is established; rather this is an opportunity to understand the range of possibilities.
STAGE THREE – PREPARING PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS
The best ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at this stage is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations.
STAGE FOUR – PREPARING FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS
At stage four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide written comment.