New campground planned near Langley

Campers may have a new place to stake their tents, starting this summer.

The proposed campground, a South Whidbey Parks and Recreation project, will be located on a 35-acre parcel, part of the Community Park Trails land outside of Langley. The campground’s first loop will have 10 to 12 campsites, with the potential to have approximately 70 when the project is fully completed.

The first phase of the project that may be completed by summer 2020 will yield basic services, such as parking available for vehicles and a water spigot.

“It’s going to be very primitive initially, and then there’s going to be power to that area,” said Doug Coutts, executive director for Parks and Rec. “At some point part of the plan is to have a shower house.”

Hookups for electricity, a shower house and restrooms are planned for future development of the campsite, which is slated to be continued through the rest of this year and possibly longer. The first loop of the campground is planned to have these services, while additional loops would have a more basic setup without them.

The project is in permitting currently and then will go out to bid for a contractor.

South Whidbey Parks and Rec has been awarded a state grant to fund the campground project. The grant matched with what the department had already spent to buy the property, which was $395,000.

“They’ve given us the funds for half of the purchase, and now we’re maximizing those funds,” Coutts said.

The department has not yet applied for any other grants, but may do so when significant construction has happened. Coutts estimates the project could cost over $1 million.

More in News

Clipper trips snipped

A beloved icon of Langley’s holiday season is no more. Mayor Tim… Continue reading

Treatment clinic to open Feb. 5

Access to a critical component of addiction recovery for Whidbey Island residents… Continue reading

‘Action’ planned at hospital

Last year was the hospital’s “year of listening,” according to CEO Ron… Continue reading

Photo provided
                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.
$1 million in state historic preservation grants awarded in Ebey’s Reserve

A $1-million grant from the state will go a long ways toward… Continue reading

Everybody counts

For as long as the Point in Time Count has existed, Clinton… Continue reading

Fuse lit on city fireworks ordinance

Langley Councilman Craig Cyr is fulfilling a campaign promise by trying to… Continue reading

‘One storm away from disaster?’

High tides and strong gusts are in the forecast for this weekend,… Continue reading

Fellow Clinton resident challenges Smith

A longtime nurse and Whidbey resident is challenging incumbent Rep. Norma Smith,… Continue reading

Four seek board seat in conservation district

Whidbey voters registered with the county will have a chance to decide… Continue reading

Most Read