Joseph Mosolino of Island Thrift, left, and Richard Colombo of the Deception Pass Park Foundation discuss the amphitheater project in front of the construction site. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Joseph Mosolino of Island Thrift, left, and Richard Colombo of the Deception Pass Park Foundation discuss the amphitheater project in front of the construction site. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Island Thrift donation helping amphitheater stage completion

A new stage at the Deception Pass State Park amphitheater can now be completed thanks to a large donation by Island Thrift. The Oak Harbor nonprofit recently donated $12,000 to the Deception Pass Park Foundation for the project. The stage is anticipated to be finished by the end of August.

“This is definitely a big shot in the arm for the foundation,” said Richard Colombo, president of the Deception Pass Park Foundation.

The amphitheater has been in use since the early 1960s, but has never had a proper stage, said Colombo. Members from the foundation hope that the completion of the stage will draw more local organizations to the park, he said.

“We hope the community will want to use the area for bigger and better things,” Colombo said.

Alexander Pfeiffer, president of Island Thrift, also shared the belief that the stage will be beneficial to the community. The board agreed, which is why the decision to provide the funds was unanimous.

“It was a pretty easy decision for the board,” Pfeiffer said.

He also said the board was persuaded to contribute after the park foundation demonstrated interest and support from other local organizations.

“The idea is that help from many can create great results in the end,” said Pfeiffer.

The first part of the restoration project was completed in 2012 as part of an eagle scout project. Nathan Wagner and his troop built new benches with lumber donated from Frontier Building Supply. The foundation has also worked to install power lines and a new walkway to the area from the parking lot.

The stage pillars are being built using trees from the park that were cut down after they became diseased. Colombo said the foundation hopes to hold a grand opening when the stage is complete.

“I think it’s one of our major tourist attractions here in the North Whidbey area,” he said of the park and amphitheater. “And [the stage] will definitely add an accent to it that I think will bring people to the park.”

More in News

Big pigs turn on chickens | Island Scanner

Thursday, April 22 At 3:30 p.m., a caller reported that the manager… Continue reading

North Whidbey man jailed for car insurance fraud

Arnold F. Bodner, 58, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court April 16 to a single count of insurance false claim, which was a felony charge because the amount of the claim exceeded $1,500.

VQ-1 ‘World Watcher’ gains new commander

Cmdr. David Van Kampen has assumed command of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron… Continue reading

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Junior Michael McKinney uses an arc welder to make a trailer hitch for a shed the class is making.
OHHS to expand skills classes with new building

The building may be used for engineering, manufacturing, automotive and construction classes that are in high demand.

Meeting set to interview three for assessor position

The Island County Republican Party Central Committee was tasked with nominating three people to replace Mary Engle, who resigned as the elected assessor earlier this year to become planning director.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry route will stay on one-boat service until at least June 27.
Coupeville route down to one ferry through June 27

Another delay in two-boat service means Coupeville ferry riders will need to squeeze onto one boat until at least June 27.

A crowd gathered to watch the Oak Harbor Fourth of July parade in 2017. There will be a parade this year to celebrate the Fourth after it was canceled during the coronavirus pandemic last year. File photo
Oak Harbor will have Fourth of July fireworks, parade

This year’s event will look slightly different to comply with safety guidelines.

Car crashes into building, boat during police chase

The car went through a building, struck a “Zodiac type boat” and came to rest against the far wall, the deputy’s report states.

District names interim superintendent

School board members unanimously voted for Karst Brandsma

Most Read