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Fort Worden’s lower campground to close for sewer system work

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 22, 2010 at 9:35 am |
September 22, 2010 9:35 am

The lower beach campground at Fort Worden State Park will be closed for almost six weeks starting Friday, while sewer improvements are made and a new comfort station is built.

A State Parks and Recreation news release said beach campsites 1 through 50 will be closed with an expected reopening on Nov. 17.

The comfort station in the lower beach campground will be closed through December. Visitors to the beach area will be able to use the restrooms in the Cablehouse Canteen or the upper campground comfort station until the new comfort station is completed in January. The park has two public restrooms available on the upper campus at the Guardhouse Visitor Center and the park office – both open during business hours.

The $1.6 million sewer system improvement project includes construction of a new sewage lift station and a sewage collection system. In addition, a new comfort station will be constructed in the area. During the past few years, the park has experienced temporary closures due to sewer system failures, the release said. The existing sewer consists of a combination of septic tanks, pump stations, force mains and septic drain fields that periodically fail, causing temporary closures.

Dash Point State Park in Federal Way also is close sewer system construction. It shut down early this month and is expected to reopen in May, in time for the beginning of the next camping season,

Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center is a 434-acre multi-use park with more than two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities, including meeting and conference spaces. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound outside Port Townsend. The historic military fort built around the turn of the 20th century features Victorian Officer’s Houses and other historic buildings, as well as a modern commons with food service.

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