Letter: Island County should reopen park to camping

Editor,

Open Rhododendron Park up for camping, please.

I just took my dog for a walk through the beautiful camping section of Rhododendron Park. For those of you who are not sure where it is, it is located just a few miles down island from Coupeville.

The campground was closed all last summer for obvious reasons, but remains closedas of May 2021. It can’t be closed due to COVID-19 as all of the state parks are open and functioning. Could it be that Island County is just cheaping out?

This park is primitive with only pit toilets and is first-come, first-served, but it is a favorite for families with children who may be camping on a budget.

I have noticed in the past a lot of seniors using the park as well for a fresh-air camping experience.

We used it ourselves occasionally when going up island to shop in Oak Harbor. Always nice to plan an over nighter at Rhododendron Park and then shop the next day. When walking around the camp and chatting with people the majority would be from the island, but it was also used by families from Seattle.

It is so lovely and necessary for our community.

Gord Wilson

Clinton

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Ask Island County commissioners to remove loophole

Editor, A persistent drum beat in these parts warn of our disappearing… Continue reading

Letter: Putting people into groups of color ‘divisive’

Editor, In his letter to the editor, Michael King says that a… Continue reading

Letter: Coalition found location for right price at right time

Editor, This letter comes in response to Mr. Flaaten’s letter regarding the… Continue reading

Letter: In agreement with positions stated in letters

Editor, This is in response to three letters to the editor published… Continue reading

Letter: Be honest: It feels good to be white, feel superior

Editor, I don’t understand why you give space to Michael Bradley’s rants… Continue reading

Letter: Extending liberty, justice to all is justifiable goal

Editor, As an older white guy, age 73, I’m amazed and befuddled… Continue reading

Letter: Clear-cutting may literally leave us a rock to look at

Editor, What’s wrong with us? Witnessing every single year the cutting of… Continue reading

Letter: Name of new park is disconnected, will sow confusion

Editor, Seriously, Maxwelton Trails Park? Once again, a misnomer that will sow… Continue reading

Letter: Is location south of Coupeville truly the best option?

Editor, I invite the readership of your newspaper to assist me in… Continue reading

Most Read