Welcome to the Friends of South Whidbey State Park (FOSWSP). We are a non-profit organization that seeks to support South Whidbey State Park (SWSP).

Long-term park planning continues

CAMP meeting answers questions about alternative plans

Another overflow crowd turned out for the latest park lands planning meeting on Tuesday April 26. Billed as a “question and answer” session, there was an abundance of both.

State Parks planner Randy Kline started the meeting by pointing to changes in alternative #2 for Possession Point. South island residents had been alarmed to learn that the park property might be designated as “surplus” and therefore liable to be sold. Kline indicated that one of the alternative plans had been amended to rule out the surplus classification and assured the audience that no final decisions have been made.

Rob Fimbel, head of natural resources stewardship for State Parks, answered questions about the health of the trees in the SWSP campground and the various risk factors that led to the closing of the campground last May. Several participants at the meeting talked about preserving the unique environment of old-growth trees.

Another topic of concern was the mandate given by the Washington State Legislature to the State Parks and Recreation Commission to consider ways to make the parks self-supporting. Park officials stated that while proposals for concessions at many parks are being accepted for consideration, only those that support Parks’ mission statement would move forward, and public involvement will be required before any plans are approved.

Further meetings will be scheduled for late summer and fall of 2016. Presentation and planning materials for all the CAMP meetings are available on the State Parks planning website along with a summary of the process and a way to comment.

Did you know:

SWSP has 354-acres and 4,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Admiralty Inlet. Environmental treasures include old-growth forest, tidelands, campsites, a group camp, miles of hiking trails, and spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.                                                                                                           
Locals have camped there with their children, grandchildren, and friends, volunteered at work parties, worked on special projects, and led interpretative walks and evening amphitheater programs. Visitors come from around the world to camp among the big trees, bird watch and enjoy the great outdoors. Everyone who visits SWSP marvels at its beauty.                                     

SWSP has a long history of proactive community support and involvement. In 1977, locals blocked the cutting down of old growth trees in the Classic U forest (the land located across the road from the main entrance), which was added to the park in 1985. Through the years, the community has continuously supported the park with their time and talent. These connections have helped the park remain a gem of the south end.

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Park Ranger Jon Crimmons and State Parks Planner Randy Kline


Participants discuss alternatives for Useless Bay tidelands.






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