"The obscure we see eventually. The
completely apparent takes a little longer." - Edward R. Murrow
Town of Friday Harbor seeks artists’ proposals
for Sunken Park
The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for what will become the
first public art project for the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The
artwork is to be displayed on or against a concrete wall in Sunken Park.
Proposals will be accepted until September 4, 2015. All proposals will be
considered with preference going to those from local artists. The FHAC
will review and select one or more proposals to recommend to the Town
Council. The Council will determine the final selection.
The FHAC was formed earlier this year to advise the Council on the
cultivation, selection, acquisition and placement of public art. Eight
residents, including one student, were appointed by the Mayor to represent the
interests of the Town, the community and local artists.
According to FHAC Chairperson and Councilmember Noel Monin, the Sunken Park
art selection process will include forming a sub-committee of Commissioners and
community representatives who will review the submissions and present up to
three proposals to the public for review. The public will be invited to
view the selected proposals at a public forum. "Public input is critical
to the FHAC’s process," said Commissioner Debbie Pigman. She explained
that the FHAC wants to hear from all interested citizens and, in particular,
those who live in that neighborhood or use the park on a regular basis.
"The Commission wants this to be an exciting and memorable process for the
community," said Pigman.
The site was selected by the Mayor and Town Council as part of the Sunken
Park renovation that has included new landscaping, playground equipment, fencing
and boardwalk, and refurbished benches and basketball court. More
improvements are planned in addition to the art piece.
Interested parties should review the
Proposal (RFP) for the Sunken Park Art Project and
From: Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator
Trespassing at Trout Lake
Date: July 2014
Trout Lake is an environmentally sensitive
area consisting of approximately 600 acres that supplies the drinking
water for the Town of Friday Harbor. The Town has recently installed
security cameras to monitor activity at the Trout Lake Dam and to
regulate access to the Town’s water shed.
Town officials were greatly disturbed to find
evidence of significant trespassing activity at the lake which was
detected with these security cameras. People have been photographed with
their horses, dogs and apparently have been swimming in the lake; all in
violation of posted NO TRESPASSING signs at the locked gate.
"We understand that Trout Lake is a very
beautiful and pristine area, but has remained so because it is a
protected watershed where access is restricted" said Duncan Wilson, Town
Administrator. "The State Department of Health and the Town are
extremely concerned about this unauthorized intrusion into the
watershed, especially during the summer months when the fire risk is so
Because of the limited access points, the Fire
District has restricted ability to combat a wild land blaze in this
area. A fire in the watershed has the potential to significantly impair
the water system for years and could contaminate the lake with slurry
that would jeopardize the provision of clean water to the entire
community, according to Steve Deem from the Washington State Department
The Town will be requesting that the County
Prosecutor bring charges against all individuals who enter the premises
without official business subsequent to this notice. Trespass in the
Second Degree is a misdemeanor and carries a potential penalty of up to
90 days in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.
New, larger warning signs are being posted
near the restricted access points and Town personnel will be doing
inspections throughout the week to ensure compliance. The Town
appreciates everyone’s cooperation in keeping this area free of
unregulated human contact. For those interested in finding appropriate
and beautiful areas of the islands that are open to the public for
hiking please visit
Town Parks Map
Town Time Limit
Parking Map (.pdf)
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? The next time it rains, look
at a street gutter or roadside ditch. The rain, rather than seeping into the
soil, flows quickly off roads and roofs. It picks up detergents, oil,
grease, heavy metals, and trash from roads, sediment from construction sites
and pesticides and fertilizers from lawns. It rushes through storm drains
and, when discharged to the local waterways, erodes the natural eco-system.
Contrary to popular belief, most storm drains are not connected to treatment
systems. Whatever enters the drain is discharged directly, untreated into
local waterways. What started as a friendly rain, is now a serious polluter.
Stormwater pollution is also known as "nonpoint source
pollution," as it comes from many locations that, while each may be very
small, cumulatively have a large impact. Stormwater pollution can make
monitoring and treatment of our drinking water more difficult and costly. In
addition, it can hinder the health of the aquatic ecosystem and eventually
result in the loss of our waterways for recreational purposes.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Businesses, residents and
visitors can promote the protection of water quality by taking action to
reduce those activities that lead to non-point source water pollution. You
can help by using the following tips below to prevent pollution. More
information is available by contacting the San Juan County Public Works
Department or the Town of Friday Harbor.
Additionally, the Town is in the process of marking storm
drain inlets in private parking areas with decals and distributing
informational handouts to businesses.
TOP TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BE A "SOLUTION TO
Never dump anything down a storm drain or into a
Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.
Throw litter in its place.
Clean up after your pet.
Check and repair your vehicles for leaks.
Dispose of household hazardous wastes at designated
Compost yard clippings.
Use fertilizer and pesticide only when needed (Read
If you wash your vehicle at home, do so on the lawn
rather than the pavement.
Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent
stormwater pollution and get involved in your community.
Thank you for your cooperation!
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