SHELTON — City commissioners are expected to consider the acquisition of 14 acres of parkland at Eagle Point on Oakland Bay, which would be bought through state grant dollars.
City Parks and Recreation Director Mark Ziegler on Monday proposed the acquisition of the property from the Port of Shelton, which owns the land and has declared it as surplus. Ziegler said the property’s purchase price is $152,000 and the city could push to close the sale by year’s end.
The proposed purchase sales agreement and authorization will be placed on the city commissioners’ Nov. 7 business meeting agenda.
“The city has a unique opportunity to receive this piece of recreational property on Oakland Bay,” city Parks and Recreation Director Mark Ziegler said.
The 14 acres of Eagle Point property adjoining the city water treatment plant site has 1,600 feet of Oakland Bay waterfront and more than 4 acres of tideland. The tidelands host to shellfish and fish foraging habitat for coho salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout that spawn in Goldsborough Creek, he said. The property also has 8 acres if upland forest.
The site is located where Fairmount Avenue meets Walker Park Road near the railroad tracks. It has no trails developed for public access.
Grant dollars have been committed from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Salmon Recovery Enhancement Fund and Federal Coastal Wetlands Grant, Ziegler reported.
Sponsoring agencies in managing the transaction include the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, the Squaxin Island Tribe and Olympia-based Capitol Land Trust, Ziegler said.
“This will be the first and only public waterfront access to Oakland Bay within the City of Shelton,” Ziegler told city commissioners Kathy McDowell and Tracy Moore. McDowell was acting as mayor at the work session because Mayor Gary Cronce was absent.
The Eagle Point acquisition would meet the top three community desires: water access, walking trails and nature trails, which were both cited by residents in the 1998 park plan, Ziegler said.
The natural wooded setting also offers a place for beachcombing, picnicking, viewing marine wildlife, marine traffic and Shelton’s working waterfront. Eagle Point also offers a view of Mount Rainier.
McDowell said she was excited about the city parks purchase proposal.
“This has been one of those project that we have been hearing about and waiting for about five years now, I think,” Moore said, later adding she was “thrilled.”
Ziegler said the project has been on the city’s radar even longer.
A boardwalk and parking would be later developed, Ziegler said, presenting a map to show where improvements could be made.