Public input sought for Windjammer Park design

Does Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park need a splash park, plaza or an amphitheater? How about a new RV park or an escalator to nowhere?

Planners want to hear residents’ ideas for the park.

To gather thoughts, the city is holding a public open house 5:30-7:30 p.m., tonight, Jan. 12, at Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor. People can also participate via an online open house, which is at windjammer.participate.online.

The online open house is Jan. 12-26.

Planners unveiled the Windjammer Park Integration Plan last summer; it was adopted by the council in June. The plan breaks the park renovations into several different phases, with the first phase beginning after the sewage treatment plant in complete in 2018.

Brett Arvidson, sewage plant project engineer, explained that the first phase will involve the area of the park currently being used for construction-related activities, as well as the area of the former RV park.

Some of the work will be funded as part of the sewage treatment plant project, while the city is applying for various grants to fund other parts of the work, Arvidson said.

City residents previously already had an opportunity to comment on the plan. Planners are bringing it back before the public for additional comments as they prepare more detailed and specific work.

The current plan calls for the relocation of the windmill, reconfiguration of the lagoon and the construction of a splash park and amphitheater.

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