Anderson Island, Washington
Park and Recreation District

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The Parks: An Overview

The Anderson Island Community currently supports six developed and three undeveloped parks that provide a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.  A well-maintained park system is important to our quality of life on Anderson Island.  The Park District preserves open space, such as woods, wetlands, tidal lagoons and estuarys as habit for wildlife and greenbelt for visual enjoyment.  The District also provides recreational opportunities ranging from nature trails to swimming and athletics.  The natural areas are rich yet fragile.  They  contain aquatic life, birds, an abundance of deer, coyotes, raccoon, otter and even an occasional black bear.  The tidal areas are particularly vulnerable and provide challenges because of 12- foot tidal changes.  Some tidal areas are "mucky" and should only be negotiated at low tide.  The Park District is a community-based volunteer organization with no paid staff except for a maintenance contractor.  Therefore, inquiries should be addressed to the Chairman of the Board, Carol Paschal via snail mail, e-mail, or phone.  Or, inquires can also be made to one of our Commissioners via e-mail or by phone using the "Contact Us" tab.  While the Commissioners share responsibilities and cooperate with each other for all of the parks each park has a "lead" Commissioner assigned. 

All parks are open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. year-round unless otherwise posted.

Horses are not allowed in any of the parks.

Hunting and/or the discharge of firearms or use of bows is not permitted in any of our parks.

Dogs are only permitted at the Jane Cammon Park and Andy's Wildlife Park  (on leashes only), and at  "Freddie's Off-Leash Dog Area", 1-acre off-leash dog park on Sandberg Road (part of Andy's Wildlife Park).  Out of consideration of your fellow islanders and visitors, please scoop as necessary.

If you pack it in, please pack it out.

Fires are not permitted in any of the parks except in firepits provided by the Parks District including beach areas.

Also, please recognize the challenges and opportunities that forest trails provide.  Know your abilities, know your plants such as poison oak, nettles and blackberries.  They  may be encountered.  Trails should not be used after dark because it is possible to get lost or disoriented and you will be difficult to locate if assistance is required.  Did we mention that you must be aware of the tides especially at Andy's Marine Park and have an escape route so that you will not be stranded?  Tidal flats can also be very treacherous because of sucking mud, hidden waterways, sharp shells, high banks, and ponds.

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