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Posted on: June 3, 2019

State Parks hosts public meeting on Twin Harbors campground relocation

Planners will discuss closures, new development at June 12 meeting

OLYMPIA – June 3, 2019 – Washington State Parks invites the public to learn more about plans to close the campground on the east side of Twin Harbors State Park and replace it with new sites on the west side of State Route 105.

The meeting will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, at the Westport Maritime Museum, 2201 Westhaven Drive, Westport. (Driving directions.)

The meeting is part of the predesign planning process for the park. Staff will describe the challenges of managing the annual flooding of campsites on the east side and present options for improvements. During the meeting, participants may ask questions of staff and provide written comments.

The primary purpose of the project is to build new campground facilities on higher ground away from the existing site, which is subject to annual flooding. Updated campsites will include a mix of electric and water hookup sites, rustic tent camping sites and possibly new cabins. New restrooms with showers are also being considered. Relocating the campground has the added benefit of placing overnight visitors closer to the ocean and will eliminate the need for campers to cross the highway to gain access to the ocean beach.

A preliminary recommendation for a preferred alternative will be made available online in August. Park staff will submit a predesign report to the Washington State Office of Financial Management, based on several considerations and public feedback, including an analysis of:

  • Constructability and cost estimates
  • Compatibility with the natural environment
  • Recreational access improvements

For more information about Twin Harbors campground relocation and improvements, contact Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner, (360) 725-9756 or michael.hankinson@parks.wa.gov. Information and an opportunity to comment online are at: bit.ly/TwinHarbors. All comments will be considered in the analysis of design alternatives.

About Twin Harbors State Park
Twin Harbors State Park is a 225-acre camping park on the Pacific coast, 4 miles south of Westport. The area offers seaside activities along the shore with a number of ways to enjoy the park. A cluster of cabins, yurts, and tent and RV sites give Twin Harbors a community feel. For more information, visit: https://parks.state.wa.us/292/Twin-Harbors

News media contacts:
Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner (360) 725-9756
Meryl Lassen, Communications Office, (360) 902-8557

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About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

 News release number: 19-037

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