Planning & Reports

2014 End of Year Report

San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (locally known as Island Rec) established in 1984 as a junior taxing district for San Juan Island is governed by an elected board of five commissioners.  Serving during 2014 were Commissioners Bill Cumming, Jacquelyn Reiff (chair), Scott Zehner, Tracy Roberson and Adam Eltinge, who was appointed to the position vacated by Jeremy Talbott.

It is the purpose of San Juan Island Park and Recreation District to enhance the quality of life on San Juan Island by:

  • Offering the widest variety of leisure and recreational activities to all island residents
  • Acquiring, developing, maintaining, preserving and protecting recreational resources
  • Ensuring that recreational activities and facilities are accessible and affordable to all residents.


2014 was the fifth year of the 17 cent levy passed in November of 2009 and the fifth year of the inter-local agreement with the school district where as Island Rec funds school sports with seven cents of this levy.  The 2014 operating expenses totaled $817,968 with nearly 30% allocated for school sports.

The budget specific to Island Rec totaled $556,412.  Tax dollars paid 63% of Island Rec’s budget, a decrease from 66% in 2013.  Program fees paid 28% of all budget expenses and revenue generated by other fees, grants and sponsorships accounts for 9%.

FANS, Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec, a 501c3 created in 2012 for the purpose of expanding Island Rec’s level of service and keeping it thriving, contributed $18,499.  In 2013 FANS contribution was $8,700.  FANS created a new scholarship program and contributed funds to Movies in the Park, Music on the Lawn, Children’s Festival, Starry Night Planetarium and the 8.8k Race.  Additionally FANS purchased software for the Trails Committee, an outdoor stage, 131 swim lessons, a new tournament quality table tennis table and prizes for events, staff and volunteer recognition awards.

San Juan County Assessor notified Island Rec of an error made in setting Island Rec’s tax rate collection during the current levy cycle.  The result of this error requires Island Rec to pay back $377,000 over the next three years.

Earth Box Hotel, Friday Harbor Drug, Kings Market, Islanders Bank, Islanders Insurance, Island Petroleum Services, Roche Harbor Resort, San Juan Suites, Vinny’s Ristorante and Xtreme Fitness continue as key sponsors of Island Rec events.

Island Rec’s partnership with Kiwanis of Friday Harbor was strengthened this year.  Kiwanis continues to support Island Rec with providing hot dogs at the Children’s Festival, Camp Eagle Rock’s end of season family picnic and Touch a Truck.  In turn Island Rec leads family games at the Kiwanis annual Pig War Picnic.

In 2014 Island Rec received a $1,000 grant from Peace Health.  This funding allowed us to invest in tennis equipment and instruction for Camp Eagle Rock.  60 children registered in Camp Eagle Rock received specialized tennis instruction during the summer.  The equipment will be used by Camp Eagle Rock and the STAR program for years to come.

Island Rec’s Director Sally Thomsen, completed her 15th year. After 2 years of service Jason Davis resigned and Lowell Jons replaced him as the Youth and Family Recreation Specialist and Rec Specialist Morgan Johnston completed her second year of employment.  In November Jordan Reinhart replaced Diana Feinson as the School’s Out Program Coordinator.   Heidi White resigned after three years of service and Julie Daquelente hired as the Administrative Assistant.  Dale Downs continued in his 6th year as Park Maintenance/Custodian. Island Rec employed 24 seasonal and part-time employees working Camp Eagle Rock, Sailing Classes, STAR, Open Gym, Open Fair Building and other specialty programs. 118 volunteers contributed more than 1,900 hours providing park and recreation programs and services for San Juan Islanders.

Parks, Trails and Open Space:
Island Rec operates three parks: The Family Park and Skate Park at the Fairgrounds, Eddie & Friends Dog Park and Lafarge (Gravel Pit) Open space. Expenses for all parks and the Trails Committee account for 10% of Island Rec’s budget with 15% of tax dollars collected financing them.   Regular trash pick up and general maintenance occurs for these parks three times per week during spring, summer and fall, and reduced to two times per week in the winter.

Fences damaged at Lafarge by winter storms and the skatepark by vandalism required extra maintenance.  A spring toy was replaced at the Family Park and the parking lot at Eddie and Friends Dog Park was graded.

The first ever Martin Luther King Day of Service was organized as a weed pulling party at Lafarge.  A dozen or so volunteers spent half a day cutting back blackberries from around the growing streets on the western slope.  Neighbor Ron Lehman has made it his mission to remove scotch broom from this property.  His good work is evident as these plants are almost eradicated from the property.


The cornerstone of Island Rec is its year-round broad recreation programming.  It operates in three distinct seasons, offering special events and on-going activities for people of all ages. The majority of Island Rec resources are dedicated to recreation programs.

With the building of the school district’s new STEM building, Island Rec lost the use of a classroom in the old tech building and gained use of the school district’s house on 650 Park Street.  Redubbed the Rec House, it now houses the TREC program for teens and tweens and used by Schools Out Camps, Camp Eagle Rock and Teen Adventure Camps.

Highlights of the 2014 recreation program were:

  • The STAR program participation increased from an average of 10 kids per day to 17.
  • Program participants increased 5.2% over the previous year.
  • Camp Eagle Rock increased capacity from 60 to 70 kids per week.
  • A new family event, Starry Night Planetarium was well received with over 150 kids and adults participating.
  • Badminton and Ping Pong Open Gym nights saw a 21% increase in participation.
  • Island Rec provided 136 San Juan Island residents over $30,000 in fee discount scholarships, a $9,000 increase over the previous year.
  • Detailed information about the hours and participation of all Island Rec’s programs can be found on the attached spreadsheets.

Partnerships are vital to Island Rec’s success and to serving the San Juan Island community effectively.  Partnerships and cooperative programming avoids duplication of services and utilizes existing resources to deliver a better service. Island Rec continued its ongoing partnerships with:

  • FANS
  • San Juan Island School District
  • San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce
  • San Juan Island Sailing Foundation
  • San Juan Island Fitness Club
  • Farmer’s Market
  • San Juan Island Prevention Coalition
  • San Juan Island Family Resource Center
  • Port of Friday Harbor
  • San Juan Nature Institute
  • Village at the Harbour
  • San Juan Island Library
  • San Juan Island Historical Museum

Since 2008 Island Rec’s Board has recognized individuals, businesses and organizations with its Shining Star Awards and Volunteer Appreciation.  Award recipients for 2014 were:

Community Spirit Award

Selfless giving of goods, services and or financial support

Lions and Leos

Continued support of Children’s Festival and other special events

Partnership Award

Commitment to providing recreational opportunities through cooperative efforts

San Juan Island School District

Partnership in sharing school gyms, fields, classrooms, cafeteria … for Island Rec programs

Outstanding Volunteer Service

            Adrienne Bourne  

Serving six years on Children’s Festival Committee

Recognition of 5 years of Volunteer Service

Patty Curtiss

Mark Fleming

Skip Foss

Jane Gerhardstein

Susan Risser

Bill Severson

Amara Zee

Recognition of 10 years of Volunteer Service

Norma Mason

Tim Thomsen

Francie Hansen

Ian and Laura Boulton

Binney Haenel

Download the end of year statistics 2014

Past Years:
2013 Year End Report
2012 Year End Report
2011 Year End Report
2010 Year End Report

Six-Year Plan

Click here to read or download a copy of Island Rec’s six-year plan: Island Rec Six Year Plan

Survey Results

Conservation Technix is pleased to present the results of the survey of the general population of San Juan Island assessing residents’ recreational needs, preferences and priorities. In close collaboration with staff and Parks Commissioners, Conservation Technix developed the 28-question survey which was estimated to take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete.

The survey was posted online via Island Rec’s website on April 28, 2011. Information about the survey was provided in the Summer edition of the Island Rec program catalog that was mailed to all residences during the first week of May. Additionally, advertisements were purchased in the Journal of the San Juans. Program users, stakeholders and civic groups were notified about the survey in person and via email. Print versions of the survey were available at the San Juan Island library, the Mullis Center and the Island Rec office. The survey was closed on May 21st, and preliminary data were compiled in advance of a community open house meeting hosted by Island Rec on May 25, 2011.

A total of 280 completed surveys were recorded, which is a sufficient sample size to assess community opinions generally and to review findings by subgroups including gender and age. Since the survey was open to the general public, and respondents were not selected through statistical sampling methods, the results are not necessarily representative of all San Juan Island residents. Percentages in the report may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Click here to read the results of the survey