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Viewpoint Concepts - part of the idea proposed is from the parks department. We are in the imagination <br />stage for viewpoint as new ideas. <br /> <br />1) Mt. Baker viewpoint - east side of the parking area at summit. way to offer more and safer open access for <br />people at the summit. Currently, people can only see the mountains if you head to the rocky area but not <br />everyone can access that. Won't be touching the madrona trees. pressed rock and stone boulder foundation, <br />rock fill compact gravel with flagstone surface. low maintenance, walkable surface. possible metal railing on <br />top. Tiered design to accommodate people, create separation from cars, enhance views to water and <br />mountains. Little disruption in relatively open site with invasive species. ADA ramp entry points to improve <br />accessibility. <br /> <br />2) Concept is multiple levels to enhance separation. Tiered design makes to reference historic amphitheater. <br />Stepped down to improve sight lines to water and mountains to the east. <br /> <br />3) possible alternative to rock and fill foundations, post and beam concept example from Norway. Off-site <br />fabrication to minimize on-site work. likely to be higher cost alternative. Easy access for visitors and multiple <br />tiers for more view options. <br /> <br />The idea is to let the viewpoint stand by themselves. Low profile amenities that would not be visible from <br />downtown, low fencing. <br /> <br />Would like to borrow Washington Park's bench concept with the stones and no-back bench to enjoy the <br />views. Rustic fences to keep it modest and low key to make people keep to the path and not pass. <br /> <br />Base area projects - paved path repairs, gazebo roof repairs, additional signage. Morning rotary club had a <br />volunteer who painted the base area but still needs to be repaired. Picnic table needs a little bit of work as <br />well. Signage - directional signage on the trail itself and interpretive signs to help people enjoy the area while <br />their there. Interpretive signs to show: city and park history, marine resources, mountains and geology, native <br />cultures, refineries, park plants and wildlife, Skagit River Valley. <br /> <br />public engagement strategies - trail stewards trained by city parks staff, emphasis on public engagement, <br />clean-up, invasive species, identifying maintenance issues, rotary and public volunteers and a great <br />opportunity for students. <br /> <br />discovery days - walks, tours and other public events, focus on nature, culture and history, to be led by local <br />educators, experts and volunteers. <br /> <br />Proposed rotary timeline - view point concept - June 2021 - possible design approvals - May 2022. <br /> <br />trail work permits June 2021 - trail work complete Oct 2021. <br /> <br />Lower walk gazebo work can begin - May 2022 <br /> <br />Questions – The presenters were congratulated on a thorough plan and explanation. There was a question <br />about compatibility of bikes and hikers on the trail. It is likely this would be solved by staff and Commission <br />deliberation. <br /> <br />People love walking loops - to go down to the Amphitheatre and circle the whole Cap Sante Park. East side <br />trail has other challenges and want to tackle this current process first.