Notice of a public auction was recently posted at Nolte State Park, also called Deep Lake. Sealed bid opening starts on Aug. 14, 2013. Minimum bid for a 27.65 acre portion of Nolte State Park is $469,999.
I am sad to hear of this state park sale. Deep Lake is an increasingly popular park, gifted to the state years ago by owner Minnie Nolte.
I have questions about this sale, such as the following: What type of development will be allowed? What will the sale proceeds be spent on? Why did the historic trailhead receive only one acre and what zoning will this one acre be (nonmotorized, etc.)? Has traffic impact been addressed? What about the impact on Muskrat Lake? How is the Centennial Trail going to benefit? How will the new owners of this park property impact the current Nolte State Park and its usage? How will this impact Hyde Lake County Park, currently bordering the north side of Deep Lake?
I am writing this letter so that my questions can be answered by Washington State Parks and invite all who wish to ask some questions of their own.
Once again this jewel of a park is about to be changed.