Parks and Recreation
Director: Brian Adams
Plan for Clear Lake Moves Forward | Agenda
After hosting several Park Board Meetings in the Clear Lake Community in 2013 to discuss the site planning of Clear Lake Beach Park, Skagit County Parks and Recreation will be reconvening on February 13th, 2014 at 6:30pm at Clear Lake Elementary School to present desired amenity options for the new restroom structure.
The Skagit County Parks and Recreation Parks Advisory Board and Staff will display restroom designs and drawings at this community forum. We will also be providing an update on the development status and sharing the status with the shoreline permitting process, which is close to completion. Please join us at the meeting so that you can share with us your ideas and opinions regarding the restroom building amenities. The input from this discussion will be used to help finalize building specifications.
Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13 at Clear Lake Elementary School, 23631 Lake St, Clear Lake, WA 98235.
A message from the Director's Chair
Having grown up in Skagit County, I can say without reservation that this past summer's weather ranks as one of the nicest I can recall. "Nice" being a somewhat relative term, as my summers have lost the substance of adolescence, perhaps due to the drudgery of spending too may sunny days tethered to a desk in downtown Mount Vernon. As years pass, the freedom of yesteryear's youth likely clouds the boyhood harking, skewing the way I remember summers of formative years, when daylight hours were spent under blue skies, framed at the horizon by a distant archipelago of stratus clouds, as we peddled two-to-a-bike to the old Skyline pool, or snared Dungeness crab from the Guemes Dock using retrofitted derelict bike tire rims, or hurled ourselves fearlessly from the cliff-side rocks of Whistle Lake. It's hard to ever remember a rainy summer day when I think back to those years. Probably because we didn't let a little drizzle get in the way of our plans-rain or shine, there were stones to turn over and a labyrinth of wildlands to roam.
As the parks director of Skagit County, I now of the good fortune to manage and maintain some of the lands I once roamed as a kid, a job that couldn't be done with the help of an incredible staff and a cadre of dedicated volunteers. It takes a village to steward our parks and we have some great villagers attending to this mission, including our devoted group of nine Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Members, a group that deserves recognition. When you're out and about and stumble across Ralph Rowland, Mike Elde, Mark Dobie, Lloyd Brown, John Semrau, Liz McNett Crowl, Kevin Loy, Chris Allen, or Elizabeth Detillion, make sure to thank them for all the time they spend deliberating parks and recreation issues. Parks Board Chair John Semrau has spent over 25 years on the advisory Board and Lloyd Brown has given over 20 years. Now that's dedication!
We also would thank our volunteers, many who have spent thousands of hours doing work for our parks and recreation departments. Rick Machin is a top volunteer, having spent almost ten years at Sharpe Park, removing dense groves of Scotch Broom. In the Broom's absence a vast rock meadow display of diverse wildflowers has taken residence for park visitors to enjoy--his work has become your reward.
Hats off to
all of you who make our parks a better place to recreate. We couldn't
do it without you.
2012 Skagit County Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan
The purpose of this plan is to lay the groundwork for the future of the county park system as the population grows and priorities evolve.