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Skagit County seeks input on park improvements

November 15, 2018
Skagit County is developing a veterans memorial park at the Northern State Recreation Area in Sedro-Woolley.

Skagit County Parks and Recreation is seeking input on what the public wants from county parks.

An online survey asks community members to rank the importance of things such as gym space, community events, beach access and dog parks.

Brian Adams, director of the department, said survey results will be used to determine what improvements will be considered over the next six years.

“This is the second part of our accumulation of information from the public,” he said.

Adams’ department held four public meetings throughout the year in different parts of the county to gauge interest in changes to the county’s 2,000 acres of park land.

“Everybody wants trails,” he said. “That’s a really strong theme in all the meetings.”

Those attending the meetings were also excited about potential additions to the veterans park at the Northern State Recreation Area in Sedro-Woolley and Pressentin Park in Marblemount.

Adams said the survey is an attempt to get a wider, potentially more representative, response.

“For people who don’t necessarily want to show up to a two-hour meeting ... it’s easier to just take a five- to 10-minute survey,” he said.

Only parks that are managed by the county are addressed in the survey. City or state-run parks are not included.

The survey is available online at surveymonkey.com/r/scpr2018compplan and will be open until Dec. 1.

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