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​        2006 Non-Motorized Trail Plan Maps

        Non-Motorized Trail Plan Volume I 

        Non-Motorized Trail Plan Volume II 

        Off-street Database Volume II 

        On-street Database Volume II 

What is a Non-Motorized Trail Plan?

  • A Non-Motorized Trail Plan is a comprehensive document that includes maps and supporting documentation for existing and proposed trails representing a variety of uses.
  • The 2006 Island County Non-Motorized Trail Plan focuses on non-motorized trails on Whidbey and Camano Islands for walking, hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, kayaking and equestrian purposes.

Why did Island County Develop a Non-Motorized Trail Plan?

  • The primary goal for the 2006 Island County Non-Motorized Trail Plan Project was to enhance the livability and connectivity of our communities.
  • Research has proven that having a safe and interconnected trail system encourages activity, supports healthy lifestyles and increases transportation options for the entire community.
  • Required element of the Island County Transportation Plan​



1.       Barnum Point  1 and 2​

2.       Glendale Beach

3.       Robinson Beach

4.       Freeland Hall

5.       Rhododendron Park

6.       Camano Ridge Dillon Property​


In Spring 2010, Island County began developing a Parks and Habitat Conservation Plan to provide community-supported directions for managing and maintaining parks, recreation facilities, habitat areas, and trails. This project is critical because it provides an opportunity to address declining funding resources, which have made it difficult to provide and care for parks and natural resources on Whidbey and Camano Islands. One of the challenges of this plan is to determine how to strategically use available resources within the county. This will involve looking at County resources, as well as parks and natural areas provided by other jurisdictions, including federal agencies, Washington State, cities and towns, park districts, port authorities, school districts, conservation districts, and non-profits such as the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust.

In May and June, community members were invited to participate in a number of activities to note their preferences for parks and habitat.   These included:

  • 10 Stakeholder Interviews
  • 2 Focus Group Meetings
  • 3 Community Intercept Events, and
  • an Online Questionnaire.

Over 950 people participated in the planning process! The feedback we received will be summarized in a Public Involvement Findings Summary Memo (to be posted in July). Key findings will be used to help identify community needs for parks, recreation facilities, trails, and habitat areas on both Whidbey and Camano Islands.​​


During 2010 Island County engaged in a three-phased planning process.

Planning Process 

Phase 1: Where Are We Now?

The Master Planning process was initiated through meetings with the County Board of Commissioners and Key County Staff to determine the best direction for outreach and analysis. In Phase 1, County parks and habitat areas will be inventoried, mapped, and evaluated to assess future opportunities. In addition, demographics, land use, and park operations will be evaluated to provide a foundation for the planning effort. Key findings will be documented in the Planning Context and Existing Resources Summary Memos.


Phase 2: Where Do We Want to Be?

Phase 2 will included several forums for public outreach to assess the preferences and priorities of residents and key stakeholders in Island County. An online questionnaire, focus group meetings, stakeholder interviews, and community events on both Whidbey and Camano Islands will help identify a vision for the County park and habitat system, as well as the County’s role in providing these assets. Combined with the technical analysis conducted in Phase 1, this community feedback will be used to develop a Needs Assessment Report of current and future needs for parks, recreation facilities, trails, and habitat areas.


Phase 3: How Do We Get There?

In Phase 3, goals, strategies and actions will be identified to create a firm plan to achieve the community’s vision identified in Phase 2. These recommendations for the site maintenance, management, and development will be based on a solid understanding of available funding opportunities and constraints. From the list of recommendations, priority projects will be identified in a capital and operations costs model, which will be included in the Draft Parks and Habitat Conservation Plan. This Plan will be presented to Key County Staff, the Board of Commissioners, and the public to collect comments for a revised plan. After refinement, the Final Plan will be presented for adoption. The Final Plan will continue to be used for many years as a tool for achieving the desired park and habitat system.

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