Community members are encouraged to share their ideas about the future of Little Lake Forest near Enumclaw at a public meeting hosted by King County Parks on April 29.
StoryJoin King County Parks at a community meeting at Enumclaw High School on April 29 to help shape the future of Little Lake Forest – a 155-acre forested property on the outskirts of Enumclaw that offers high quality fish and wildlife habitat as well as numerous recreation opportunities.
The meeting is set for from 6-8 p.m. in the Commons at Enumclaw High School, 226 Semanski St. S., Enumclaw.
After King County Park representatives provide a brief overview of Little Lake Forest, community members will be invited to share their feedback and ideas for future amenities at the property.
“Preserving this forested land ensures continued public recreational opportunities and helps protect valuable habitat for generations to come,” said King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, whose district includes the Enumclaw Plateau.
Located just east of Enumclaw, Little Lake Forest will be managed to protect and enhance ecological values, provide opportunities for low-impact recreation, and demonstrate ecologically sustainable forest management.
The County’s goal is to produce a clear and concise trail use and development plan that insures continued recreational opportunities for park visitors of all ages and abilities while maintaining the property’s quality habitat for a variety of wildlife.
King County Parks and Forterra partnered to preserve the property, which features healthy forests, large meadows and a small lake. The land was purchased by Forterra, which held the property while King County Parks raised the $1.59 million purchase amount to reimburse the land conservation and stewardship organization.
Prior to public-ownership, Little Lake Forest was the site of a homestead better known as Little Lake Ranch and later as Wedding Wonderland, a destination wedding venue in the late 1960s where an estimated 5,000 weddings were performed over a 20-year run.
The land provides a connection to lowland forests, builds a habitat buffer between Enumclaw and working forestland, and improves access to the network of recreational trails in the 80,000-acre Tomanamus Forest, owned by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and managed by Hancock Forest.
Preserving this property as public open space advances the vision King County Executive Dow Constantine laid out in his 2018 Land Conservation Initiative, which is intent on preserving 65,000 acres of remaining important open space lands within a generation (30 years) and before the opportunity is lost due to population growth and development pressure.
For more information about the upcoming meeting or to provide input, contact Daphne Payne at 206-477-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• King County Parks Forest Stewardship
• King County Land Conservation Initiative
“Preserving this forested land ensures continued public recreational opportunities and helps protect valuable habitat for generations to come.”
– Reagan Dunn, King County Councilmember
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Doug Williams, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-4543
About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.