County fair department seeks input for master plan

Kids enjoying a ride at last year
Kids enjoying a ride at last year's fair.
— image credit: Scott Rasmussen/staff photo

The San Juan County Parks and Fair Department is seeking input from residents as it begins development of a “Master Plan” for the fairgrounds.

Planners want to know what county residents think the future of the fairgrounds should be and hear their ideas about how to make that future a reality.

Public meetings are scheduled at:

• Eastsound Fire Hall, July 5, 4:30 p.m.

• Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, July 6, 5 p.m.

• Marie Boe Building on the fairgrounds, San Juan Island, July 7, 5 p.m.

Longtime San Juan County resident Geoffrey Prentiss, owner of Prentiss Architects, Inc., has been awarded the contract to develop the master plan. Other members of the team include San Juan Island resident Francine Shaw, a land use planner with the Law Office of Stephanie O’Day; Gregg Bronn, with Hart Pacific Engineering’s office on Orcas; and Chris Overdorf, affiliated with ELM in Seattle.

Phase one of the project will evaluate the condition and suitability of the fairground’s existing buildings, barns, camping areas, annual fair use areas, day use and undeveloped areas for current and expanded year round uses. Information from that evaluation and  the initial public input will be compiled in an interim report.

During phase two of the project, the public will be invited to a booth at the county fair to review the findings and submit comments. Also during phase two, planners will design additional plan elements, including innovative and environmental upgrades. Special attention will be paid to the “greening” of the facilities through technological improvements; long term maintenance efficiency; structural durability and economical sustainability.

In phase three of the planning process, these options will come before the public in county-wide meetings for comments and ideas that will help the team complete a long-term plan that addresses the interests and needs of county residents.

The master plan is scheduled to be completed in November 2011.

For more information, contact Geoff Prentiss at or (206) 283-9930 and Francine Shaw at or 378-6278.


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