Anderson Island, Washington
Park and Recreation District

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Parks Plan

Anderson Island Park & Recreation District

Comprehensive Plan

Adopted April 21, 2010



The mission of the Anderson Island Park & Recreation District is to preserve open space, wildlife habitat and natural greenbelt, to provide recreational opportunities for island residents and visitors, and to preserve and maintain facilities for the benefit of the public.


The Anderson Island Park & Recreation District was established by the voters of Anderson Island in May, 1968. Having recognized the need to act so that future generations could continue to enjoy the natural flora and fauna, scenic vistas, solitude and opportunities for outdoor recreation valued by island residents and property owners, and faced with the challenge to preserve the island’s iconic one-room schoolhouse, a committee of islanders had petitioned Pierce County for the right to form a Park and Recreation District.

The Anderson Island Vision Statement, adopted as part of the Anderson and Ketron Islands Community Plan (2008), states in part: "The island contains well planned public infrastructure and services to support a diversity of residents’ needs including safe walking areas, recreational opportunities, parks and open space." The Anderson Island Park & Recreation District was conceived and created by the citizens of the island in anticipation of fulfilling this vision.

Surveys of Anderson Island residents, as well as public input at planning workshops hosted by the District and by Pierce County Planning and Land Services, have consistently verified the desire of the community to preserve its rural character. This is most clearly expressed in Objective 28 of the Community Plan, namely "encourage acquisition and retention of open space through the use of a variety of strategies." This is supported by Principle 28.1, "Coordinate with local land trusts and public agencies to promote acquisition of high priority parcels on Anderson Island." Again, the District is the public agency best positioned to implement this policy.

This Comprehensive Plan, adopted by Resolution 2010-2 of the District’s Board of Commissioners, is intended for use as a guide and tool for planning and directing the activities of the District so that it will achieve optimal success in accomplishing the missions enumerated above.


1. Preservation and Open Space

• The District should persevere in its efforts to preserve as much habitat, open space and greenbelt as possible, so that islanders may continue to enjoy the benefits of natural scenery and wildlife.

• Walking, hiking and nature-viewing should be supported by developing a network of walking trails within all parks and between parks.

• The District is committed to public education in the area of flora and fauna through workshops, summer youth camps and the placement of interpretive signs.

• The District will cooperate with other organizations and agencies, as well as private property owners to promote conservation and protection of major scenic and environmental assets such as the lakes, shorelines and creeks.

2. Athletics and Recreation

• The District should encourage athletics, especially for young people, and support the Anderson Island Athletic Association both financially and administratively. The District should provide scholarships to assist young people to participate in AIAA sports and sponsor athletic clinics whenever feasible.

• Athletic facilities should be maintained and upgraded as needed.

• Facilities for off-leash dog exercising, bicycling, orienteering and similar low- impact

recreational activities should be developed and maintained.

• The District should, independently or with the participation and cooperation of other agencies, construct, facilitate, or enhance increased public salt water access including parking for activities such as beach walks, launching of human powered water craft and possibly boat launching.

3. Historic Preservation

• The District will continue to assign a high priority to maintaining historic structures within its jurisdiction, in particular the Old Schoolhouse and its surrounding buildings, and to promoting public awareness and appreciation of cultural assets. Such efforts should be coordinated with the Anderson Island Historical Society and other agencies as appropriate.

4. Community Activities, Communications and Volunteer Support

• The District’s commissioners will cooperate with individuals and organizations to support worthwhile community activities and facilities.

• The District should maintain a policy of annual reports to the community, as well as regular articles in the Island Sounder, and develop a website.

• The District should encourage the creation of a 501C(3) organization devoted to coordinating volunteer participation, fundraising, and soliciting public input for park planning.


At the time of adoption of this plan (2010), the Anderson Island Park & Recreation District included the properties listed below:

1. Andy’s Park

Originally a 120 acre bequest of Andrew Anderson (1895-1975), this park was expanded with the 50-acre addition of Windy Pete’s farm, purchased with the support of Pierce County Conservation Futures funding in 1994. It is located in the geographical center of the island, at the intersection of Eckenstam-Johnson Road and Sandberg Road. It features approximately two miles of walking trails, including three footbridges over creeks, as well as Freddy’s Off-Leash Dog Park, with over an acre of mowed and fenced exercise space for pets and their owners. Also included in this park is approximately 2000 feet of frontage on Schoolhouse Creek, partly being restored by volunteers and funds from a South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement grant. At the west end of the park is a two acre corridor 1320 feet

long donated by Delbert and Jan Deweyert in 2009 to provide a trail to the Marine Park.

2. Andrew Anderson Marine Park

The original 37 acres of this park were also donated by Andrew Anderson, one of the founding members of the District, in 1975. It includes a spectacular sheltered cove of approximately four acres at high tide, protected by a natural spit some 800 feet in length. Pedestrian access to the park was provided through 20 acres acquired through donation and a 1987 ALEA grant, and close to one mile of trails have been developed from the parking lot located on Clausen Road. The 12 acres immediately to the south of the park, including a substantial portion of the cove and 550 feet of beach, were acquired through a Conservation Futures Grant in 1997; an additional 21 acres to the north were added in 2007, also with Conservation Futures funding.

3. Cammon Field and Trail

This park comprises 40 acres fronting on Camus Road, and is the site of Anderson Island Elementary School and the Multipurpose Room, plus Cammon Athletic Field and a covered play area and basketball court. The north 20 acres of the park contain the Jane Cammon Trail, nearly two miles of walking and bicycling trails. The property was donated by Pierce County in 1968.

4. Lowell Johnson Park

Five acres on Lake Florence were purchased by the District in 1970 for a swimming hole. The park has 275 feet of shoreline, with two swimming beaches, swim floats, picnic areas and a volleyball court. New restroom facilities were completed in 2009.

5. Montalvo Park

In 2008, Steve Montalvo donated five acres on 94th Street for a park honoring his parents, Rudy and Agnes Montalvo. Future plans for this park include trails connecting it with the Jane Cammon Trail, developing parking and a picnic area, and landscaping with native plants.

6. St. Anne’s Park

A gift from the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1998, St. Anne’s Park comprises 24 acres and 1200 high-bank front feet on Nisqually Reach, on the southwest side of the island. There is currently no access to this property other than from the water. Future plans are to obtain access from Eckenstam-Johnson Road and develop walking trails.

7. Tom’s Park

Tom’s Park, nearly 11 acres located on a peninsula on Lake Florence, was the gift of anonymous donors in 2009. It includes 520 feet fronting on the lake, and is not currently accessible by land. Restrictions designed to protect a long-vanished eagles’ nest limit the permissible activities in this park, but the District is exploring possible future alternatives.

8. Wide Awake Hollow

When the Anderson Island School District was closed in 1968, the 7½ acres on which the Old Schoolhouse was located were donated to the newly formed Park & Recreation District. Included in this park are the historic one-room schoolhouse, Wide Awake Hollow, several out-buildings, a tennis court, and Tom White Park. The latter has several hundred feet of walking trails as well as 500 feet of creek frontage on Schoolhouse Creek.


Short Term and Ongoing Objectives:

Preservation and Open Space

o Acquire Jacobs Point Property

o Develop a walking trail between Andy’s Marine Park and Andy’s Wildlife Park

o Sign an agreement with Pierce County to allow access for trails connecting with Jane Cammon Park and Montalvo Park; construct those trails once access is granted.

o Restore native vegetation and improve salmon passage along Schoolhouse Creek in Andy’s Wildlife Park

o Negotiate a new easement with the Nature Conservancy for public access to Tom’s Park.

o Develop interpretive signs for Andy’s Marine Park and Andy’s Wildlife Park to identify native vegetation and habitat areas

Athletics and Recreation

o Improve the tennis court at Wide Awake Hollow.

o Add a rain screen to the covered play area at Jane Cammon Park

o Improve the walking track at Cammon Field

o Continue to sponsor and support the Athletic Association

o Continue to sponsor a summer camp for children

o Continue to make the Old Schoolhouse available as a site for an exercise facility

Historic Preservation

o Rebuild the WPA shed at Wide Awake Hollow

Community Activities, Communications and Volunteer Support

o Continue to develop the Park’s website

o Support the Community Club and the Historical Society in efforts to maintain their historic buildings

o Continue to develop a native plant area at the elementary school to use for educational activities

o Develop additional parking at Cammon Park, including an area close to the Multipurpose Building

Long Range Objectives

Preservation and Open Space

o Acquire property along Schoolhouse Creek as it becomes available

o Pursue a conservation easement for shoreline along the lagoon at Andy’s Marine Park

o Obtain an easement for access to St. Anne’s Park

o Improve access at Andy’s Marine Park by building a raised bridge across to the spit

o Construct a viewing platform overlooking the estuary at Andy’s Wildlife Park

o Construct raised wooden trails for wet areas at Andy’s Marine Park and Andy’s Wildlife Park

o Develop trails on the Davis property addition to Andy’s Marine Park

o Construct blinds for bird viewing in Andy’s Wildlife Park

Athletics and Recreation

o Work with community members to improve the bike trail in Jane Cammon Park.

o Develop salt water access for beach walks, picnicking and possible boat launching

o Develop additional recreation activities for both adults and children

o Develop a picnic area at Montalvo Park

Historic Preservation:

o Restore windows at the Old Schoolhouse

o Maintain the Old Schoolhouse and outbuildings as needed

Community Activities, Communications and Volunteer Support

o Form a Friends of the Parks organization to serve as a focus for volunteer activities and fundraising

o If it becomes necessary, pursue and support the siting, construction and operation of a new Community Center

Funding Sources and Other Resources

The Park and Recreation District receives revenue from property taxes of between $80,000 and $90,000 a year. This operating levy will come up for public vote again next year. Except for special projects like the bathroom, donation income has typically been small, a few hundred dollars a year. The District has received grants for acquisitions and special projects. There are no paid employees, and the District relies heavily on volunteer work from the Commissioners and others to apply for grants and to get special projects done. The District also has the authority to put special purpose levies for capital projects up for public vote.

The District will continue to rely on volunteers to accomplish specific projects outlined in this plan. The District will pursue grants and work with non-profit conservation groups to acquire property identified as significant for conservation or public use. A special levy will be requested for any large capital projects, particularly if a community center is needed.

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