Washington State Parks meeting set for Jan. 26-27 in Port Townsend

Advocates for the future of Miller Peninsula State Park are encouraging residents to attend the next Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, set for Jan. 26-27 at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend.

The Jan. 26 meeting is a work session and public comments are not taken, but they do allow for comment at the Jan. 27 meeting. Regular meetings run 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

General comments will be accepted at 11:15 p.m. According to the meeting’s agenda, park officials plan to address the Miller Peninsula Park property at 4:20 p.m., with commission discussion, public comment and a possible commission decision.

The long-range planning for the mostly undeveloped Miller Peninsula State Park include land classifications, a long-term park boundary, a park master plan and an official park name. The park includes a trail system built and maintained by local hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians through second-growth forest. It also includes 3 miles of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Discovery Bay.

In 2005, the Washington State Parks system began a six-year project to establish one of Washington’s next destination state parks, but shelved those plans with a lack of secure funding.

Meeting agendas are posted one week ahead of time; see parks.state.wa.us/154/Commission-meetings-agendas.