The Board of Clark County Commissioners approved the master plan for the Lower Daybreak property on June 8, 2010. The county will use the master plan to develop partnerships with local interest groups and apply for grants.
What is a master plan?
The county must complete a master plan before development can begin. A master plan presents a long-term vision for the property and identifies a preferred mix of recreation uses and facilities. The amenities and facilities identified in the master plan seek to compliment and enhance the county’s existing regional park system.
- Take advantage of the river setting and provide visual and physical access to the water.
- Provide a range of recreational opportunities based on public demand, lack of similar opportunities elsewhere, cost to develop and available partnerships.
- Reduce mitigation and permitting costs by locating park amenities in areas with the lowest environmental impact.
- Cluster general use facilities, such as picnic shelters, playgrounds, open lawn play fields, restrooms and parking lots, together and minimize conflicts with other uses.
- Link the various use areas and facilities with different types of trail connections (paved, soft surface, rustic, etc.).
- Provide a strong connection to Daybreak Regional Park with compatible uses and shared infrastructure.
- Continue habitat restoration activities and consider providing environmental learning opportunities related to them.
- Allow for potential revenue generation from user and/or lease fees.
How can I get involved?
Public meetings were held in October and December 2009 to gather public input on the development concepts and draft illustrative plan for this property. The draft illustrative plan was presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission at a public meeting in March 2010. The master plan was approved by the Board of Clark County Commissioners at a public hearing on June 8, 2010.
- June 2010 Master Plan Report
- State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) determination and checklist (PDF)
- Notice of June 8, 2010 Public Hearing (PDF)
December 2009 public meeting
- Fact sheet (PDF)
- Draft illustrative plan drawing (PDF)
- Public meeting presentation (PDF 3M)
- Public meeting comment summary (PDF)
October 2009 public meeting
The 112-acre Lower Daybreak Regional Park property is located on the south side of the East Fork Lewis River, between the cities of Battle Ground and Ridgefield. It is located on the west side of Daybreak Road adjacent to the boat launch.
The property is relatively flat and open with some wooded side slopes on the west and southwest sides. It includes 3,700 lineal feet of frontage along the East Fork Lewis River. Manley Creek also runs through the property from southeast to northwest. The undeveloped site is currently open to the public and accessible from the adjacent boat launch parking lot on the west side of Daybreak Road.
Clark County purchased the 112-acre site in partnership with the Columbia Land Trust in 2002. Most of the property has been used for agricultural purposes, such as growing hay and horse and cattle grazing. The county is currently leasing the open meadow area to a local farmer for hay cultivation.
Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation’s Americorps Team has partnered with Fish First on several water quality improvement and fish habitat restoration projects along Manley Creek.
A grant agreement has been executed between the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board and Fish First to design a bank stabilization and fish habitat restoration project along this portion of the East Fork Lewis River.
For more information, please contact:
Pat Lee, Legacy Lands Program Manager
(360) 397-2375 ext. 4070
Jean Akers, Park Planner
Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation