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Originally published July 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM | Page modified July 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM

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Salty fun on Oak Harbor’s beachfront

Windjammer Park on Whidbey Island has beach trail, driftwood and a swimming lagoon.

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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

Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or On Twitter @tanvinhseattle

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