State Parks sets second public planning meeting for Fudge Point property

A second public meeting will be held Jan. 28 to discuss the future of Washington State Parks’ Fudge Point property on Harstine Island.

At the meeting, State Parks staffers want to:

Fudge Point is located on the island’s east side, 0.75 miles south of McMicken Island State Park. Washington State Parks acquired the 136-acre property in 2013 and 2014 for public access and recreation. The property includes 3,300 acres of natural shoreline; Buffington’s Lagoon; a flat, sandy beach and adjacent uplands. The location is recognized as having high-quality habitat, including undisturbed nearshore habitat for salmon.

The upcoming meeting is the second in a four-stage planning process. State Parks staff will present several alternatives, based on comments provided at a public meeting in October and on the agency’s website. Comments during this phase will allow planners to develop and further refine these alternatives to forge a vision for the property, according to a department news release.

At the October meeting, staffers kicked off the planning process by presenting background information and giving the public an opportunity to provide input on a vision for recreation possibilities at the property.