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We will open the upper restrooms Mother’s Day weekend. It is exciting to see the A section come together <br />and to see campers using the new pedestals. <br /> <br />What’s next… the month of May Parks crew will continue to small mow and big mow and catch up on as much <br />trimming as we can. We will trim R Ave Ivy and also spend the first week of May trimming the headstones at <br />the cemetery for Mother’s Day weekend. Nichola will work her magic in the planter bo xes and fill them with <br />new flowers and the hanging baskets will return downtown in mid – May. <br /> <br />Nicole Johnston, Parks Manager <br /> <br /> <br />Parks Administration and Anacortes Community Forest Lands: <br /> <br />We are super excited to thank our brothers and sisters in Public Wo rks for getting some LONG NEEDED road <br />work done on the Mt. Erie Road. Parks & Rec was able to purchase the material and the Streets Division <br />provided the operators and equipment. It really has improved the drive up and down the mountain. We look <br />forward to continuing this low-cost partnership in the future on other parks roads. <br /> <br />We had two great clean-up projects in the ACFL centered on Earth Day. I helped out with the Dallas Kloke Mt. <br />Erie climbers clean up, and Parks Staffer Sky Guthrie worked with divers in Heart Lake. Both events took place <br />the morning of April 17th, and were successful in getting some non -native materials off the mountain and out <br />of the lake. Thanks to all who participated. <br /> <br />Very happy to report the Washington Park ‘A’ Loop was opened for camping by the promised date of Friday, <br />April 2nd. A huge thank you to Nicole, Brian, Nichola, Steve, AJ and Sky for making this happen. And thanks to <br />VECA as well for their continued positive partnership. <br /> <br />We also completed a long term stay program in the campground with partners the Anacortes Police <br />Department and the Anacortes Family Center (AFC). This was done in conjunction with the cold weather <br />shelter, and an outreach grant the AFC was able to secure. The program resulted in no complaints in the <br />campground, and some very positive steps forward for program participants. <br /> <br />I completed two sessions of trail steward training with the Rotary Club on the Cap Sante trails system. The <br />two outings included at least six of each; Rotarians and AHS Green Club members. The sun came out both <br />days, and we are now ready to send some new trail stewards into the wild. <br /> <br />The vacation of portions of 11 th Street and ‘B’ Avenue to the Wynn and Ortman families in exchange for <br />waterfront easements to be used for Guemes Channel Trail construction continue to work their way through <br />the City Council Public Hearing process. A few of the neighbors have raised concerns regarding their views and <br />the long term plans of the residents of their neighborhood. The Public Hearing is currently continued to <br />Monday, May 3rd. <br /> <br />Nicole Johnston and I continue to work on a much drawn out seasonal hiring process. We have found it <br />challenging this year to find applicants wi lling to meet us for an interview. Thankfully, we have also found <br />some new folks who are ready to pitch in, alongside a returning core group at Washington Park. <br /> <br />Nicole, ACFL Steve and I were also able to get a fair amount of downtown street tree pruning c ompleted. We <br />shall take our next look at this in the fall. The three of us also continue our work with a variety of tree owners, <br />both public and private.