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Parks Update <br /> • Grand View Cemetery Expansion Update-Tiger Construction is working away at finishing up the <br /> sediment pond and installing all the catch basins. We had a bit of rain towards the end of the month, <br /> therefore the crew had to take a few weather days. What we still need to complete in this phase of <br /> construction is grading the access road and installing of the crush rock on top, spreading soil <br /> conditioner on the dirt and then get ready for the hydroseed. The goal is to have this phase of the <br /> project wrapped up by January. <br /> Crew Update-The crew did a great job putting up the lights downtown this past month. Really <br /> appreciate everyone's effort to get the lights up.The lights will stay up until Valentine's Day and then <br /> they will come down and the street trees will get pruned by the crew. Bigger projects that the crew will <br /> start working on is the "A" section utility upgrade in the campsite and we will get the fields ready at <br /> Volunteer Park for baseball/fastpitch season. <br /> • Causland Park Plaza Update- Crew started to get the plaza area ready and has started laying the bricks. <br /> Stone mason Bryan Elliott should start work on the Memorial Wall in late February. <br /> • Volunteers- We had some volunteer activity this past month. We tree decorating at the Pickett Pocket <br /> Park and we also had the Rotary Noon Club do a work party and clean up the flower beds and leaves <br /> behind the Senior Activity Center. As always this extra help is always appreciated. Coming up in January <br /> I have the Anacortes High School Honor Society Club coming to do a litter pick up for us at both <br /> Washington Park and Storvik Park. <br /> • Washington Park Update-The Park remains busy with visitors and a few campers. I would consider the <br /> organized tree decorating at the park was a success. The volunteers who put the decorations up, took <br /> them down by Jan. 4tn <br /> • Field Use Request-This past month I've had a few field use requests for time on the outfield of MDD. <br /> I've been able to get time on MDD for a rugby group, girls high school lacrosse and a 7 on 7 football <br /> team. Daniels Baseball field has been used almost every night by the Anacortes Baseball Club. The <br /> baseball club has done a good job getting kids time on the field and following the covid guidelines. <br /> Come February we will keep the fields open for baseball/fast pitch only and for any programs that our <br /> Rec team might organized. This could change, but as of right now the high school baseball/fastpitch <br /> teams fall under the WIAA season 4 that is set to run April 26-June 13. Baseball/fastpitch seasons <br /> might start earlier in March, but no official announcement has been made. Nonetheless the parks crew <br /> will want time to get the fields ready for the baseball seasons whenever they are set to happen. <br /> Nicole Johnston, Parks Manager <br /> - Parks and Recreation staff is preparing to bring a draft Impact Fee Study to City Council this winter for <br /> their review. Parks and Recreation impact fees are applied to new construction in the city limits and <br /> are used to offset new growth by adding new parks and amenities. Our last Impact Fee update was in <br /> 1998. <br /> - Staff is also preparing a slight increase in fees at the Washington Park Campground and Boat Launch in <br /> 2021 that will go before City Council. This would help us offset some of the costs to our recent park <br /> improvements and bring us closer to costs at nearby public campgrounds. <br /> - The Anacortes Community Forest Lands Management Plan update should go back before City Council <br /> in late March or April of this year. It was scheduled to go before Council in March 2020 just at the time <br /> of the initial COVID shut down. <br />