Press Release

February 05, 2024

Development of Nisqually State Park moves forward

Media contact

Name Debbie Preston
Department Nisqually Tribe Public Information Officer
Name Sarah Fronk
Department Parks Communications

OLYMPIA – Feb. 5, 2024 – The development of Nisqually State Park took another step forward last week as leadership from the Nisqually Tribe and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission updated their partnership agreements.

Signing these documents updates the agreements with signatures from the new leadership at Parks and the Nisqually Tribe, outlining the contributions from each partner for the next phase of park development. These contributions include approximately $500,000 of artwork by Nisqually artists and an ongoing commitment to shared law enforcement at the park.

The project’s second phase of development includes construction of an administration building and plaza, staff housing and the Nisqually Ohop Trail and trail overlook areas. Construction is expected to begin later this spring with completion early 2025, pending final permitting.


Leadership from the Nisqually Tribe and Parks show off signed documents and artwork
Representatives from the Nisqually Tribe and Parks show off the updated MOU and images of the artwork designs for the Park.

(Front, from the left) Guido Levy, 7th Council member; Jenna Bowman, Washington State Parks and Recreation Tribal Relations Director; Kayla Sparkuhl, Nisqually Parks Commissioner; Andreya Squally, Nisqually Parks Commissioner; Tony Sanchez, Nisqually Parks Chair; Kyle Sanchez, Artist; Pete Ansara, Nisqually CEO. (Back, from the left) Diana Dupuis, Washington State Parks and Recreation Director; Willie Frank III, Nisqually Council Chair; Antonette Squally, Nisqually Vice Chair; Shannon Iyall, Nisqually Parks Commissioner and Enrollment Director; David Iyall, Nisqually Tribal Administrator


Nisqually State Park represents the first time Parks has partnered with a local Tribe to create a new park. The project focuses on sharing tribal heritage, culture, storytelling and art. 

The Nisqually people have lived in this area for thousands of years, and the engaging details of their lifestyle and culture will be prominent among the park’s interpretive themes. The park will feature Nisqually Coast Salish artwork and design by Nisqually artists. 

When it is complete, the park will include day-use and group picnic areas, space for gatherings and events, an amphitheater, overnight camping areas, and a large interpretive and educational plaza.