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August 2021 Parks and ACFL Operations <br />Administrative Report <br /> <br />Open Streets Fun <br />Special thanks to Bicycle/Pedestrian Czar Warren Tessler and the many volunteers that made the 7th <br />Annual Open Streets so successful. It was truly a pleasure to be part of a day with so many smiling faces. <br />It was hard not to feel the palpable joy watching the bicycle skills course set up by the Anacortes <br />Mountain Bike Team. Tiny bicyclists having such fun. It really inspires one to try and make this a reality <br />in our community. <br /> <br />Rotary Club Cap Sante Trail Project <br />Throughout August we have had a variety of site visits including GeoEngineers, hired by the Rotary Club <br />to do the required biological report, as well as the Samish Nation to make sure we are not going to <br />disturb any important historical sites. So far, feedback from all involved has been positive. <br /> <br />City Council Honors Eric Shjarback <br />City Engineer and Assistant Director of Public Works Eric Shjarback is retiring August 31. Eric has been a <br />huge friend of Parks throughout his career, and is a fantastic creative problem solver. I will miss <br />working with him very much, but am excited for the new lifestyle he is about to lead. <br /> <br />Washington Park Boat Launch Road <br />Parks Foreperson Brian Tottenham and I met with Streets Division Manager Brandon Lowry and his <br />right hand Saben Williamson at the WP boat launch last week. We discussed a variety of options for <br />asphalt repair and surface water management improvements. Big thank you to Brandon and Saben for <br />coming up with some great low-cost solutions to some age-old challenges. <br /> <br />COA Meetings Returning to Virtual Format <br />While we did enjoy an in-person hike for our last Forest Board meeting, and an in person/virtual hybrid <br />at last month’s Parks Commission meeting, we are returning for now to virtual meetings. The Forest <br />Board will be hiking with the Friends of the Forest Board for its September meeting. <br /> <br />Jonn On Vacation <br />Director Lunsford took a well-deserved break the week of August 9th. I was able to cover a variety of <br />meetings and activities for him. <br /> <br />Thank You Alli <br />The ACFL Trail Team bid farewell to Alli Schuh on Friday, August 13th. She was a fantastic worker and <br />maintained a very positive demeanor throughout many ACFL summer challenges. <br /> <br />Miscellaneous: <br />-Continue my regular meetings with Asa at the Friends of the Forest HQ. <br />-We did receive a citizen’s report concerning vegetation clearing above the Guemes Channel Trail. I <br />verified and documented the work, and have passed it along to Planning for further action to be taken. <br />-Have done my best to attend regular Washington Park staff meetings. Though I am not regularly on <br />site any more, I remain actively involved in the park’s management. <br />-Parks staff continues to be a first contact for a variety of homeless circumstances in the Parks and <br />ACFL. Thank you so much to the Police Department and the Family Center for being ready to take over <br />when necessary and offer advice when possible. <br />-ACFL Steve and I continue our monthly educational hikes with Denise Crowe of the Samish Nation staff. <br />-I did take vacation leave Aug 16 – 23. Special thanks to Parks Manager Nicole Johnston for covering. <br /> <br />Faithfully Submitted,