Updating the Cornerstone of Oak Harbor’s Waterfront
Siting the Clean Water Facility in Windjammer Park presented a unique opportunity to develop a long-term plan for the park, integrating existing and new elements into this special community space. Design of the first phase of the Windjammer Park Integration Plan (“Phase 1” shown below in blue) is complete and construction on new park elements has started. Restoration of Windjammer Park is required for mitigation from the construction on the Clean Water Facility. Phase 1 of the Windjammer Park Integration Plan will accomplish this restoration and pave the way for future updates in the park. Learn more about Phase 1, the Windjammer Park Integration Plan, and how community feedback is shaping the park below.
To complete construction on new park elements large portions of the park will be closed through late spring 2019. The park closure postcard on our Library page provides more information about what to expect while the park is closed.
Special events typically held in the park will be held at other locations while the park is closed. We will keep the community informed of the locations for special events through our weekly email updates, the homepage of this website, and the City website. Visit the City’s webpage on Windjammer Park improvements to explore Oak Harbor’s many beautiful parks with rental facilities available. To find information on the City’s special events permitting process, you can also visit oakharbor.org and go to the Special Events Permitting page under the Links section.
Current Phase: Phase 1
Construction of Phase 1 park improvements has begun and is expected to be complete in late spring 2019. During this work the waterfront trail, lagoon, and ballfields will remain open. As park elements are completed, sections of the park may reopen early.
Phase 1 park elements include:
- Splash park
- Basketball and pickleball courts
- New kitchen and restrooms
- Improved landscaping and lawn areas
- Public plaza for community events
For the most up-to-date information stay tuned for newsletters, emails, and website updates. Want to sign up for the email list? Email email@example.com.
Phase 1 milestones:
January 2017: 165 Oak Harbor community members gave feedback on the first phase of detailed Windjammer Park design and future construction.
March 2017: Design team reached preliminary design, incorporating community feedback in multiple areas.
July 2017: Design team reached intermediate design.
August 2017: Design team asks the community for their thoughts on the updated design.
October 2017: Design team completes design of Phase 1 park improvements.
Spring 2018: Construction begins on Phase 1 park elements.
Future phases will be designed and constructed as funding is available.
The Big Picture: Windjammer Park Integration Plan
The Windjammer Park Integration Plan (WPIP) is the overarching plan that is guiding the future programming of Windjammer Park.
City Council approved the Windjammer Park Integration Plan on June 7, 2016. The plan is based on a six-month public process that gathered feedback from the community, through a Community Advisory Group and two public open houses. You can view the full plan here and the document appendices here.
Bailey's Playground Update
The Oak Harbor community in partnership with the city is gearing up to upgrade Bailey’s Playground, located adjacent to Windjammer Park. Over the years the ocean salt spray has aged the playground structures and now they are in need of repair and replacement. To learn more about this effort and support the rebuilding of the park please visit the Bailey’s Playground gofundme.com webpage. To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact the Bailey’s Playground fundraising chairperson, Ellen White, at 360-279-0615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have questions about the Windjammer Park Integration Plan? Contact the project team at 360-914-7000 or email@example.com.
Meeting summaries, City Council presentations, and relevant documents can be found below.
August 24 - Community check-in shared intermediate Windjammer Park Phase 1 design with the public
August 2 - Updated to City Council on Windjammer Park Phase 1 - 60% design update
April 18, 2017 - City Council adopts 30% design for Windjammer Park Phase 1
January 12 - 26, 2017 - Public feedback gathered on the first phase of Windjammer Park design
Open house presentation (below)
June 7, 2016 - Windjammer Park Integration Plan approved by City Council
May 25, 2016 – Proposed concept presented to Oak Harbor City Council
May 5, 2016 – Community advisory group meeting 5
April 27, 2016 – Update at City Council workshop on Windjammer Park Integration Plan
March 29, 2016 – Community advisory group meeting 4 and public open house
March 23, 2016 – City Council Workshop discussed an update on the Windjammer Park Integration Plan
March 8 – Community advisory group meeting 3
February 4 – Community advisory group meeting 2 and public open houseAgenda
January 20 – Community advisory group meeting 1Agenda Summary
December 16 – City Council Workshop discussed the Windjammer Park Integration PlanSummary
November 18 – City Council Workshop discussed a high level overview of the process that will be used to develop the Windjammer Park Integration Plan
October 28 – City Council Workshop debuted the proposal to create a Windjammer Park Integration Plan, which will develop a long-term plan vision for the park
Community Advisory Group Members
The following community advisory group members were selected based on their expertise and interest in the project:
- Franji Christian
- John Fowkes
- Karla Freund
- Greg Goebel
- David Goodchild
- Mike Horrobin
- Hal Hovey
- Ferd Johns
- Kristi Krieg
- Cheryl Lueder
- Erik Mann
- Jonathan Phillips
- Melissa Riker
- Norvin Stanley
- Kara Vallejo
- Jes Walker-Wyse
- Michael Wright
Community Advisory Group Schedule
The community advisory group met in Oak Harbor from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Meeting 1 – January 20, 2016, Whidbey Island Bank Building
Meeting 2 – February 4, 2016 (Public Open House), Elks Lodge
Meeting 3 – March 8, 2016, Whidbey Island Bank Building
Meeting 4 – March 29, 2016 (Public Open House, Elks Lodge
Meeting 5 – May 5, 2016, Whidbey Island Bank Building