The Washington State Parks Department is developing plans for improvements to the facilities at Blake Island Marine State Park in Puget Sound. A public meeting was held on April 28th to discuss improvement alternatives and collect public comment. The comment period will remain open for about one week following the April 28th meeting for online submission of comments at the Park’s website. To read more about improvement alternatives and find a link to submit comments, see https://www.parks.wa.gov/1242/Blake-Island-Marine-State-Park-Facility-

The Project seeks to:

  1. Support larger vessels in the marina; keep the marina usable for commercial and public users
  2. Develop a long-term solution to providing an on-grade boat landing for State Park’s marine crews
  3. Continue to connect the public with Blake Island’s natural and cultural heritage through recreational and education experiences, consistent with the parks mission.

Alternative Plans:

State Parks is conducting an analysis to compare three potential alternatives; comments from the public are encouraged:

  • Alternative 1 – No Action. This alternative assumes that no improvements would occur within the marina basin or adjacent upland area.
  • Alternative 2 – Reconstruction. This alternative maximizes moorage within the existing marina footprint through a new dredge design and an efficient marina float layout. It improves safety and access within and adjacent to the marina.
  • Alternative 3 – Expansion. This alternative expands the marina to the west, expanding the dredged moorage basin to accommodate larger and more vessels. It improves safety and access within and adjacent to the marina. The entrance channel is reoriented to improve sight lines and boating safety.

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