Description: The 3.5-acre property was acquired by PenMet Parks from the Tacoma DeMolay in 2010. The property has served as an organizational camp since 1959, and even some camp-related activity back to 1947.
The nature preserve on Fox Island was opened to the public on December 1st, 2012. The use of the preserve is intended to allow low impact activity with special care given to protecting the sandspit vegetation. Off-leash dogs running on the sandspit and the sandspit vegetation (prohibited) is a serious concern expressed by the biologists consulted. Legal parking, not trespassing on neighbors' property, and picking up after dogs are the other major points related to public use. The clarification of rules and use criteria is in response to Fox Island residents expressing great interest in low impact use as has been the case in the past. PenMet will be observing the effects of this use and will adjust the rules and attendance limitations as may be necessary to continue protection of the property and adherence to good neighbor standards. Remember, the use of the nature preserve for the future is dependent on how the site holds up with use and how the rules are followed.
Parking will be allowed in the grass field above the entrance as long as weather permits. If parking in the field becomes damaging to the field or risky, the field will be closed rendering the preserve accessible by walk-in only. There will be no parking on the street in the immediate area of the preserve as indicated by signs, so access will be by drop-off or walk-in from legal parking locations elsewhere. It will be important to respect the private property owners in the area by only parking lawfully.
Please respect the preserve by following all of the instructions on the signs at the site including legal parking, staying off neighbors' property, keeping dogs off the vegetation, and picking up after dogs. It is in the best interest of everyone to protect this sensitive piece of Fox Island.