San Juan County Washington: County parks plans for the next two years

In an attempt to balance the San Juan County Parks budget, food trucks, ‘glamping’ and making Shaw park day-use only are all options on the table.

“From my perspective, it’s a good idea to have a community conversation about [commercial endeavors] before we do anything really large,” San Juan County Parks and Fair Director Dona Wuthnow said. “We are making a major departure from the historical philosophy of managing the county parks and making them more commercial oriented. So I don’t want you to miss that piece. It’s not a small thing to shift to this type of thing.”

Wuthnow, along with Fairgrounds and Event Manager Jennifer Allen and Administrative Lead Kathryn Hansen, gave a budget presentation to the San Juan County Council during its Nov. 12 meeting.

The county council is set to finalize its biennium budget the week of Dec. 9.

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