More state parks on the closure list

Chris Dunagan reports in today’s Sun that the state plans to close a few more nearby parks, including Illahee State Park in Bremerton and Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island near Port Townsend. People would be allowed to enter the parks, but gates and restrooms would be locked and utilities would be shut off. The state would encourage volunteer groups to maintain the parks.

The state announced late last year that it may close Fay Bainbridge, Fort Ward and 11 other state parks to cut costs. The state has offered to transfer ownership of the 13 parks to local jurisdictions. Bainbridge park district officials have said they’re willing and able to take Fay and Fort Ward.

Illahee, Fort Flagler and 31 other parks would likely stay under state ownership and may reopen if funding becomes available. The parks’ vehicle entrances would