In Spring 2010, Island County began developing a Parks and Habitat Conservation Plan to provide community-supported directions for managing and maintaining parks, recreation facilities, habitat areas, and trails. This project is critical because it provides an opportunity to address declining funding resources, which have made it difficult to provide and care for parks and natural resources on Whidbey and Camano Islands. One of the challenges of this plan is to determine how to strategically use available resources within the county. This will involve looking at County resources, as well as parks and natural areas provided by other jurisdictions, including federal agencies, Washington State, cities and towns, park districts, port authorities, school districts, conservation districts, and non-profits such as the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust.
In May and June, community members were invited to participate in a number of activities to note their preferences for parks and habitat. These included:
- 10 Stakeholder Interviews
- 2 Focus Group Meetings
- 3 Community Intercept Events, and
- an Online Questionnaire.
Over 950 people participated in the planning process! The feedback we received will be summarized in a Public Involvement Findings Summary Memo (to be posted in July). Key findings will be used to help identify community needs for parks, recreation facilities, trails, and habitat areas on both Whidbey and Camano Islands.
Find out more about the Parks and Habitat Conservation Planning Process.