Clean Water Treatment Facility
Work continues to move ahead at the Clean Water Treatment Facility at Windjammer Park. Sheet piles are being driven into the ground to form a barrier around the excavated ground to begin construction. The sheet piles are 18 feet long and 4.5 feet wide, they interlock and create an underground wall, and are driven into the ground with a vibrating hammer. The process is expected to take roughly 2 months. More information can be found at http://www.oakharborcleanwater.org/. So far work is on schedule and the facility is expected to be operational by 2018.
Along with the construction of the Clean Water Treatment Facility, the city has a great opportunity to shape the future of Windjammer Park, as mitigation of the impacts to the new facility must be done. The Community Advisory Group for the Windjammer Park Integration Plan has been working hard on creating a vision of the park to present to the City Council. It has been extremely interesting to consider what park elements are important to the community, what new features could be implemented, how to incorporate landscaping, art, parking, event plazas, etc. into the existing space. So far, the vision of the group is very exciting, and if it comes to fruition, would make Windjammer Park an extraordinary asset to the community (even more so than it is today!).
There is still time to have input in the process. On Tuesday March 29 from 5:30 -7:30 pm, there will be a public open house at the Elks Lodge. Attendees will be able to see the most recent design concepts and provide feedback to the project team and Community Advisory Group. I am also available to take your feedback to the group if you are not able to attend in person.