More wetlands means less room for recreational businesses in state park

Representatives from Washington State Parks will host a second public meeting in Westport next Wednesday, Aug. 31, to talk about potential Recreation Area land classification changes in the newly combined Westhaven and Westport Light State Parks. The first meeting was held in March.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held from 6–8 p.m. in McCausland Hall on the Westport Maritime Museum campus in the city’s Marina District.

More wetlands

Further Parks Commission study showed more wetlands areas on the property that lies between the South Jetty and W. Ocean Avenue. Those areas needed to be eliminated from potential Recreational Business Activity (RBA) sites in the park. Updated maps will be available at the meeting showing areas where RBAs could be located.

Additional public comment also will be sought regarding allowing recreational business activity in those newly delineated areas.

New park name

Now that the two parks have been combined, State Parks staff also has been tasked with proposing a new name for the combined properties that the Commission is expected to adopt at its September meeting. The Westport South Beach Historical Society and the City of Westport are proposing Westport Lighthouse State Park as the new name for the combined property. (See Guest Editorial Page 2.)