South Whidbey Parks and Rec eyes 46-acre property

The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is considering purchasing some property that may be able to provide access to a campground project currently in the works.

The land in question is 46 acres and spans four parcels. According to, the 5715 Maxwelton Road property is listed for $1.89 million and contains two houses and two barns.

As discussed during the May meeting of the parks and rec board, the commissioners are most interested in the two eastern parcels, which are undeveloped and don’t contain any structures. One is forested, while the other appears to be marshy in nature. However, it may not be possible to purchase the two parcels separately.

The land’s proximity to the parks and rec district’s proposed campground project, which will also be located off of Maxwelton Road, is a big draw for the commissioners. It’s possible that an entrance for the campground off of Highway 525 could be created if the district decides to purchase the property.

The property borders South Whidbey Middle School and High School, behind which the campground will be located. The project, which has been in the works for the past several years, is currently still in the permitting process.

The commissioners agreed to rank the land using a matrix established for considering purchasing property with respect to the district’s comprehensive plan.

The discussion did not include whether or not the parcels would become a park.