Salty fun on Oak Harbor’s beachfront
Windjammer Park on Whidbey Island has beach trail, driftwood and a swimming lagoon.
Walk in the Park
Where: Windjammer Park (also known as City Beach)
Location: 1600 S. Beeksma Drive, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island
Park size: Almost 30 acres with a waterfront trail.
Level of difficulty: The city’s waterfront trail runs east to west through five parks including Windjammer, which has a 2,100-foot section of that popular trail. The 3-mile trail is wheelchair accessible and flat with exception of a slight incline near the Scenic Heights trailhead. Two-thirds is paved, with the rest running over boardwalk or compact stone and sand.
Facilities: Three playgrounds, three ball fields, two basketball courts, a swimming lagoon and two wading pools (closed this year). Also two public restrooms including showers, dozens of picnic tables along the shoreline and a gazebo and barbecue pit. Plenty of parking including street parking a few blocks away.
Setting: The city named this Windjammer Park to give this flagship park, along with other city parks, a maritime moniker. Located on the waterfront and near downtown shops, Windjammer is the main recreation hub and a favorite spot for birthdays and family gatherings. Up to 2,000 people use this park every week.
Highlights: The waterfront trail is heavily used for weekend runs or afternoon strolls. Children love to play among beach driftwood.
Restrictions: Leash/scoop laws in effect. Open daily, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
Directions: From Highway 20 in Oak Harbor, take Southeast Pioneer Way to Southeast City Beach Street, and turn right into the park.
More Info: 360-279-4756 or www.oakharbor.org
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