Thursday, April 20, 2006
This site at the south end of Anacortes industrial waterfront reminds me of Dickman Mill in Tacoma before it was cleaned up. You can still see the beach and the shoreline trying to show through, despite the piles and the concrete and the thick layers of wood waste. These sites are fascinating 20th century archaeology, but they are also incredible opportunities. Maybe local priorities will see this redeveloped for marine industry, though cleaner and more habitat-friendly than last round. But it could also be a wonderful park - linked to the adjacent public trail, with historic interpretation, pocket beaches, and maybe even a small coastal wetland. Anacortes has already done a nice job converting other old industrial sites to public parks, while also maintaining a working waterfront.