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County to use park fund money to buy Trimbelle property

Pierce County is planning to add another 20 acres to its park land.

A resolution to buy a 20-acre wooded parcel in the Town of Trimbelle from William F. Holst III for $60,000 was introduced at Tuesday's county board meeting and is expected to be adopted at the board's January meeting.

The land is immediately adjacent to the Trimbelle Recreation Area, a 12-acre property providing public access for trout fishing in the Trimbelle River.

County Board Chairman Paul Barkla said the 20 acres can be used for hiking trails and other public uses.

The current county property includes a handicap accessible trail. Over 1,000 feet of trout habitat has been established by placing lunker structures in this section of the river. The majority of the property, which is accessible off CTH O, is river bottom flat land.

The $60,000 will be taken from the county's $668,000 Park Development Fund.

The fund accumulated as the county collected a park fee when rural housing parcels were created prior to June 2006. This fee ranged from $100 per parcel from 1980 to 1998 to $600 per parcel from 1998 to 2006, when the state legislature squashed counties' ability to collect this fee.

For more please read the Dec. 23 print version of the Herald.