Eastsound Village Playground on the Green

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You can still help make this play area a reality in Eastsound!

Fundraising continues to develop this unique and innovative nature playscape in the heart of the Village. Additional donations are needed to fully fund the Playground-on-the-Green, a nature-based playground for island and visiting children in the northwest corner of the Eastsound Village Green. Who could resist helping us acquire these WISH LIST items? 

Donations may be made to San Juan County Parks (call 360-378-8420 to give by credit card or mail checks to SJC Parks, 350 Court Street #8, Friday Harbor WA  98250). These gifts are tax deductible in accordance with IRS tax regulations. Thank you to all who showed financial support by donating through giveorcas.org during their May  campaign and to those donors who have shown their generosity this summer! 

The design is complete; permits are submitted; the rocks and logs have been collected and prepared for installation; steel support brackets are fabricated; $55,000 of the funding has been secured through a Lodging Tax Grant. We hope to kick off construction by the end of October.

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Thanks to those who joined us Thursday, March 21, for the regular monthly meeting of the San Juan County Parks & Recreation Commission (PRC). You can view the presentation as a .pdf.

February open houses provided opportunities for community members to interact with consultants and help determine the playground design. Orcas Islanders chose “Island Hopping” as the theme for this unique playground. In March, volunteers Ken Katz, Zackarya Leck, Chuck Greening, and Mark Mayer collected windfall logs generously donated by Moran State Park. The logs are currently being peeled and milled at Helsell’s West Sound Lumber. Rocks came rolling in from all over the island! Under Project Manager Ken Katz, construction will begin as soon as the playground is fully funded — this summer, we hope.

Open House to Review Designs for Playground-on-the Green

Monday, Feb. 25, 2:30-4:00pm or 6:00-7:30pm, Eastsound Fire Station

Over the past several years, as the EPRC and citizen committees have explored a vision for Eastsound, young parents have repeatedly asked for a playground for their children in the village core. In 2018, the EPRC, partnering with County Parks and Orcas citizen volunteers, received a $55,000 Lodging-Tax grant to construct a small playground in the northwest corner of the Village Green.

The goal from the beginning has been to create a playground that echoes the design and materials of the Stage-on-the-Green. County Parks has contracted with GreenWorks, a design company in Portland, OR that specializes in nature-based playgrounds, to design the space. The Design Committee (Ken Katz, (Project Manager); Zack Leck, David Kau, Chuck Greening, Margaret Payne and Paul Kamin (EPRC), Dona Wuthnow, (County Parks) invites your input on designs that feature glacial-erratic rocks and peeled logs as central features.

Bring your kids and join us at one of two public meetings — Monday, Feb. 25, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. or 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station — at which Ben Johnson of GreenWorks will present draft designs and receive questions and comments. Playground construction will begin late winter or early spring. Like the Stage, the playground is a community project. Volunteers are welcome!