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Renovations "Make the Grade" at Lake Sylvia State Park


This is a photo of a paved path winding along the edge of the lake.
A paved path winding along the edge of the lake.
Located north of Montesano, Washington, Lake Sylvia State Park is a quiet, peaceful retreat surrounded by forest. The Park began as an old logging camp in a wooded area halfway between Olympia and the Pacific shore. The lake was formed by damming up Sylvia Creek for the purpose of log ponding and power production.

In 1936, the town of Montesano donated the land to the State parks Commission for conservation. Additional lands were added to the park by a trade in 1985.

This is a photo of the lake path as it crosses the street.
A view of the lake path as it crosses the street.
The 233-acre camping park is located just one mile north of Montesano, Washington, off Highway 12. The Park offers a variety of recreational activities including boating, fishing, camping, swimming and hiking.

There are two rail-trails located in the park. One of the trails includes a wooden bridge built just above the elevation of the water. The boardwalk bridge makes a great locationfor fishing on a sunny day.

This is a photo of an accessible shower area in the bathhouse.
An accessible shower area in the bath house.
Huge, old growth stumps can be found throughout the park. There is a giant wooden ball carved from a single log by a local logger. The legend describes how the logger would stand atop the floating ball and "walk it" from one end of the lake to the other.

Prior to 1999 the park was mainly inaccessible to persons with disabilities. In the spring of 1999, the park underwent a massive renovation.

An existing bathhouse was rehabilitated to include four private bath/shower rooms, and an accessible paved and curbed walkway leading up to it. The parking lot was striped and signed for accessible parking.

This is a picture of the parking lot, which has been striped and signed for access and the connecting route to the bath house.
(Top) The parking lot striped and signed for access and the connecting route to the bath house
This is a photo of a bench overlooking the lake with a clear space for a wheelchair next to it.
(Middle) A bench overlooking the lake with a clear space for a wheelchair next to it.
This is a picture of a paved path that crosses the beach and enables access to the water.
(Bottom) A paved path across beach to water access.
Patrons are pleased with the large private rooms that allow them to bring children in for showering after a day spent playing in the sand and swimming in the nearby lake. Private rooms include accessible shower hardware, sink, toilet, handrails, lowered hooks for hanging clothing and towels, and dressing benches.

A paved walkway leads from the parking lot below the bathhouse along the lake front. This accessible path passes the newly constructed water fountain, winds around a paved picnic site with accessible barbecue grills, and leads to a specially built bench with clear ground space for wheelchair seating next to it.

The paved walkway continues along the lake and ends at the wooden boardwalk near the dam which is a favorite fishing spot for local anglers. The lake is stocked annually with trout. Though fishing was enjoyed from the paved bridge over the lake, there was no place for persons with disabilities to fish. An accessible fishing pier was constructed at the edge of the lake for all to utilize. The pier has safety rails on three sides with a paved and curbed accessible ramp leading down to it.

Heading in the other direction on the lake, a water access platform was added on the beach. This enables a wide range of visitors, including those who use wheelchairs, easy access to the lake. Rails were installed on three sides of the platform for safety. Where the trail crosses the road, striping and textured warning buttons were laid down.



This is a picture of an accessible fishing platform next to the lake's edge. This is a photo of a path that is equipped with warning buttons and safety striping where the path crosses the road.
(Left) A fishing platform at lake's edge. (Right) Textured warning buttons and safety striping where path crosses road.



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