The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider two land transfers at Nisqually State Park at its meeting on November 17, 2022 in Pullman, Washington. The transfers are needed in order to complete the park’s first major development projects.
The first transfer will allow for development of a roundabout at the entrance of park where SR 7 meets Mashel Prairie Road. The current intersection has limited sight distance and is not suitable for the anticipated traffic levels after the park is developed, and the roundabout will improve safety and traffic throughput for park visitors, landowners on Mashel Prairie Road, and drivers on SR 7. In order to develop the roundabout, State Parks will need to transfer a small portion of the northern edge of the park near the intersection to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
The second transfer relates to the right-of-way of Mashel Prairie Road, a county road that bisects the park. As a condition of the county permits needed before park development can proceed, Pierce County requires State Parks to transfer to them any interest the agency has in the county road. State Parks does not believe it owns any part of the road, but this transfer will allow the county to show they have clear title to the road.
State Parks is seeking public input on the proposed transfers before they are considered by the Commission in September. Please share your thoughts or concerns using the link below by November 4, 2022.