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Comments sought on park

This drawing by Taproot Design, Langley, shows the proposed park at the Clinton landing north of the ferry terminal. Highway 525 is at left. - Taproot Design
This drawing by Taproot Design, Langley, shows the proposed park at the Clinton landing north of the ferry terminal. Highway 525 is at left.
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Whidbey residents will have the chance Tuesday to comment on designs for a new park directly north of the Clinton Ferry Terminal.

The nearly 1-acre site is owned by Charles and Patricia Kenmir and Conrad and Barbara Hanson. In July the Port District of South Whidbey put down $25,000 for an exclusive option to purchase the Clinton landing.

With that option, the Port has until Dec. 31 to decide if it will purchase the property. The owners' asking price for the site is $650,000.

At Tuesday's meeting, residents can review the site plans, ask questions as well as add any ideas on project. The idea for a beachfront park on the property has been something the Port has wanted for many years, and is included in their current six-year plan.

According to Port documents, the property includes seven tax lots and 180 feet of shoreline and associated tidelands. It consists of 0.688 of an acre of upland and 0.25 of an acre of tideland, for a site total of 0.938 of an acre.

One of the biggest changes to the scenery in Clinton will be the destruction of the blue two-story building on the landing and removal of all the asphalt to create the park.

The Port plans include a viewing platform, picnic and beach recreation areas, a small concession and restroom building and areas for storage of bicycles and kayaks. The project will retain much of the area as grassy park and natural beach area.

The money to fund the project will come from an existing Port general fund, having specifically saved for the project in the past. A grant from Washington's Interagency Committee could add up to $300,000 from the state's Boater Facility Program -- which comes from boater fuel tax. The Port will make a presentation to the IAC in September with the final plans for the project.

The total cost is estimated at $950,000.

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