Location: This new park land is located immediately east and adjacent to Voyager Elementary School on the Gig Harbor Peninsula.
Description: This 18-acre park was acquired in 2007. Former Common School Trust Land, this property was transferred to PenMet Parks for parks and recreational use from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources through the State Trust Land Transfer Program.
Common School Trust Lands have been used to assist the funding of public schools as income producing properties in many cases through the regular harvesting of timber. Some of these trust lands have developed low income producing potential due to factors such as steep, unstable slopes, critical fish and wildlife habitat, public use demands, environmental and social concerns. Through legislation, the state deposits the timber or easement and land values of these properties into special accounts to continue to support the Common School Trust.
Since 1989, over $538 million has been appropriated to fund the Trust Land Transfer Program resulting in the transfer of over 79,000 acres of Common School Trust property with low revenue producing capabilities to other public agencies or programs for protection of these valuable recreational assets.