In July of 2021, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission received funding for a Predesign Report for Day Use Improvements at Nisqually State Park. The report is due to the Office of Financial Management by June 30, 2022. If the report is approved, State Parks will be positioned to request funding for the first phase of the project in the 2023-25 capital budget. The three phases of the project are:
Design and permit of all project elements
Construction of a Village Center, the primary day use area of the park
Construction of the first phase of the park’s trail system
The foundation for the overall project was established when the original vision was described in the park master plan (2010). The plan states how Nisqually State Park is wonderfully positioned to provide outdoor recreation and environmental education to meet the demands of visitors from an expanding regional, statewide, national and even international population. The master plan resulted in development of a modest parking lot, informational kiosk, and vault toilet in 2016.
Additional development including improvements to the park’s entrance, campground and access to the Nisqually River is currently in design.
A public open house was held on March 3rd, 2022, at the Eatonville Community Center where design alternatives were presented. Graphics presented at that meeting and public comments from the meeting are posted below.
A second public meeting was held on April 28th, 2022, at the Eatonville Community Center where the preferred alternatives were presented. Graphics presented at that meeting and public comments from the meeting are posted below.