NW Park and Recreation seeks public comment

Published on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 by Jack Kintner

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NW Park and Recreation seeks public comment

By Jack Kintner

The Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 (NWPRD2) will host the third in a series of public meetings this Monday, November 17, to help the district’s board of directors design a comprehensive plan that will define their basic program in the coming years.

So far, participants have preferred such ideas as acquiring waterfront property for recreational access, establishing and upgrading area walking and bike trails, a playground and equipment for Birch Bay, a space for arts and classes such as the Roeder Home in Bellingham, and pressuring county and state governments to make area bridges more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

Participant Ron Snyder, who coordinates Drayton Harbor Maritime’s community sailing program, said that he envisions “NWPRD2 partnering with Drayton Harbor Maritime to create a saltwater recreation center.

“Our sailing program is doing very well, indicating that there’s a lot of enthusiasm for people who want to get out on the water, and this would be a great way to do it.”

The district needs a comprehensive plan in place before applying for grants to fund major projects.

“Basically, we wanted to brainstorm first to get a variety of ideas, then prioritize them at our September meeting.

This final meeting is to review and make sure the direction of the board is the direction citizens want,” said consultant Sean Hawes of Ferndale.

A preliminary draft of the district’s comprehensive plan based on priorities from September’s meetings was presented to directors at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The final version will take into account any revisions suggested at the next gathering. An action plan that may include hiring of staff will then be implemented.

More than 100 people have participated in planning meetings. The third and final meeting will be held Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m. at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 7039 Jackson Road in Birch Bay.