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Parks and Recreation Update <br /> March 2021 <br /> Parks and Anacortes Community Forest Lands Report <br /> Jonn Lunsford, Nicole Johnston, Dustin South and I made our annual lobbying trip to Olympia,virtual though it <br /> was.We had great meetings with Senator Lovelett, Rep. Raffle!and Rep. Lekanoff's legislative aid, Kaylee <br /> Galloway. Each found time for specific discussions of our local park projects,grant funding levels in Olympia,and <br /> strategies for working with the homeless population.We look forward to continued work with these offices,and <br /> appreciate their accessibility. <br /> Steve and I have been infusing more volunteer help into the ACFL.Of course,there are many regular trail users <br /> who perform all kinds of helpful anonymous tasks,as well as those who keep us posted with the maintenance <br /> needs they discover on their respective travels.We appreciate this very much,as well as the folks who have been <br /> working with us on specific tasks.We are also excited about our first official work party in the woods in over a <br /> year,scheduled for Saturday, Feb.27t".Thank you to the Friends of the Forest for partnering with us on this one. <br /> Executive Director Asa Deane and I have been working toward a formalized series of volunteer trainings and work <br /> parties, and 2021 will reveal these as we move through the year. <br /> I did attend the February Friends of the Forest Board meeting, and was able to provide some updates and answer <br /> some questions. I will be doing the same next week at their Annual Meeting. <br /> Steve's Certified Arborist credentials continue to play a key role in working with our parks and woods neighbors. <br /> Winter winds have brought forth a handful of questions and concerns, and we have been able to respond with a <br /> site visit and resulting plan on several fronts. <br /> We continue to work with our Washington Park campers on a variety of needs. In addition to a couple of <br /> successful programs with partners like the Anacortes Police Department,the Anacortes Family Center and our <br /> Planning Department,we continue to see camping revenue increasing for this time of year.Our team approach to <br /> the management of the campground keeps fresh perspective on park visitor and maintenance challenges,and <br /> helps improve our response to the constantly growing number of visitors. <br /> Representatives from the local Rotary Club presented their Cap Sante trail and viewpoint project concepts at the <br /> February Parks Commission meeting.The information was well received and will be further discussed at the <br /> Commission's April meeting. I continue to work with Club members in refining the plan. <br /> We were able to complete a long term Guemes Channel Trail negotiation with two home owners along the rail bed <br /> between"A"and"B"Avenue.This involves trading a street vacation for trail right of way.The process is now in <br /> the hands of the City Council.As of the writing of this report, I do not know when it next appears on their agenda. <br /> Parks and Planning staff have been working on an upgrade for the West Beach steps at Washington Park.The <br /> railing suffered some recent winter storm damage. Hoping to have a plan ready for review in the next few weeks. <br /> Parks Crew did a nice temporary fix. <br /> I am also working with Planning on a repair plan for trail#io,between#117 and#13,as well as some very <br /> preliminary discussion regarding the Little Cranberry"boat launch." <br /> Just about everyone on our Parks Crew,along with celebrity volunteers, have been hard at work at Causland Park, <br /> upgrading the memorial plaza.This project will be a great tribute to those who have given all. <br />