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Barn Material Is State's Decision

Over the past 24 hours, the City of Lakewood has received several inquiries about the future of the Fort Steilacoom Park barn that collapsed overnight during Wednesday’s wind storm.

Specifically, groups are asking about the barn’s wood and other material – now in a pile and cordoned off from park users.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth, says that Lakewood has contacted the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, as well as the Office of Historic Preservation.

The state leases the 340-acre park to the City of Lakewood. It also owns the barn material and will make the initial decisions regarding how to reuse or salvage the material for historical purposes. Once the state determines its course, the City will decide how it could use, remove, sell, donate, surplus or take other action with the material.

“We’ll work to keep the community informed about our options and how it could possibly participate,” Dodsworth said. “Citizens should check out our website , Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest updates. We will definitely keep them posted.”

The collapsed barn – located east of Waughop Lake – was the most fragile of the park’s historic barns and wasn’t being used for storage or any other purpose.

No one was hurt when it collapsed. The City erected temporary fencing around the fallen barn. We ask for park visitors to use care and caution around this partly demolished structure. According to Lakewood Municipal Code 08.76.450, it is illegal to damage or remove public property from the park.