The Lake Sylvia Legacy...a gift from the past and our legacy to the future generations of Washington
Eighty years ago the citizens of Grays Harbor donated Lake Sylvia to the people of Washington as a state park. Every year, thousands of people come to the park to camp, swim, picnic, renew old friendships or just sit back and enjoy this little gem of nature in our own back yard.
Donate here or call to find out how to make monthly donations through your bank.
In 2008 state parks and local citizens developed a plan to make the park relevant into the next century.
They soon realized that Lake Sylvia was primarily used during our summer months. To increase its use during the "off seasons" the park needed some facility that would offer a gathering place with some shelter. This would allow schools, civic groups, reunions, meetings and weddings to take place without concern for the weather. Architect Will Foster has donated professional skills over the last five years and designed a pavilion with supporting facilities that will truly make Lake Sylvia a prime destination throughout the year. This pavilion is designed to reflect the natural setting of the lake and forest with large log uprights, wooden beams, native wood paneled walls, reflective lighting from the peaks and a surrounding landscaped area. The pavilion will provide a meeting place for up to eighty people. During warmer months it will be open sided but during the winter movable wall panels will pull out of pockets and create an enclosed area. Central to the building is a tall fireplace that will provide warm fires during evenings and on cold days. A kitchen area at the back of the building will support catering needs.
This is a beautiful building and surrounding area.......How will we pay for it?
In the beginning, FOSLS was going to pay for the construction. However, many requirements put that beyond our reach. We have worked with the state park agency. The agency believes the value of this project and the unusual aspect of the community's financial support warrant a state grant. This is a competitive process. Representative Brian Blake suggested we approach Representative Jim Walsh and Senator Dean Takko about including this in the capital budget. The money was included in a budget passed during the 2018 Legislative session.
Back to our part of the funding. FOSLS and supporters have guaranteed over $200,000 toward our eventual goal of $250,000. So, for e As of today FOSLS has raised donations and pledges of over $200,000. We are asking for donations in any amount. Any oney not needed for construction will be used to upgrade materials in the building, interior furnishings, outside landscaping or put into a fund for future maintenance . If you have questions please call (360) 789-9953 or email Info@FOSLS.org. We will post questions of interest on this web site. Thank you and enjoy your state parks.
The Lake Sylvia Legacy Project
A project to build a multi-season pavilion along the lake at
Lake Sylvia State Park.
For more information or to contribute:
e-mail info@FOSLS.org or call (360) 789-9953.