February 16th, 2009

Waterside park area

Port of Anacortes commissioners and staff hosted a ribbon-cutting event Tuesday morning a the site of the Port’s latest waterfront restoration project. The “O” Avenue/Railroad Avenue Mitigation Project was funded by a Job Development Fund (JDF) grant from the state Department of Commerce. A beachfront interpretive sign was funded by the Skagit Marine Resource Committee. Included in the crowd were Mayor Dean Maxwell and other city officials, as well as Economic Development Association of Skagit County (EDASC) Director Don Wick. Among elements of the project were removal of creosote pilings and concrete. Steps were added to the beach, and there is now a railed area with benches overlooking the water. Upland improvements included installation of pervious paving, rain gardens and artful drainpipes. Utility service to several Port warehouses was upgraded, and street and landscaping improvements were made. Cutting the ribbon were Port Commission President Keith Rubin and a state Department of Commerce representative.

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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