Additionally Island Rec has 55 acres of undeveloped land on Pear Point that was once a gravel pit.
In 2007 the San Juan Island Community received a remarkable gift of land from Lafarge Corporation. The upland portion of the former gravel pit, approximately 55 acres was donated by Lafarge for use as a community park. Dating back to the fall of 2000 representatives of San Juan County Board Of County Commissioners, Land Bank and Public Works Island Rec, Port of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island School District and interested citizens discussed with Lafarge Corporation the concept of donating the gravel pit property to Island Rec for use as a community park. In July of 2003 this shared vision led to the simultaneous actions of the Purchase and Sale Agreement between San Juan County and Lafarge and the Land Transfer Agreement between San Juan County and Island Rec.
The original purpose in pursuing this gift of land from Lafarge was to have property available to develop the much needed community athletic fields. As time passed the School District took the lead on developing fields on their property at Carter Street. At this time there are no development plans for this newly acquired property.
The overall design, timing and financing of development of this property will be directed by the public. Island Rec Board of Commissioners invites you to share you ideas for future park and recreation uses of this land. Please submit them in writing or better yet attend a board meeting and share them in person. The Commissioners meet the 1st Thursday of every month at 5:00pm in Island Rec’s office.
All major earth moving operations related to the reclamation of the former gravel pit has been completed and approved by the Department of Natural Resources. Initial seeding and plantings has taken place and can be seen growing.
The property is considered a primitive area. The public can access this property on foot at an entrance located next to the vehicle gate off of Pear Point Road. Access is limited to use at your own risk, for pedestrians walking only on the roadways, with no admittance after dusk.
For the time being enjoy this property in a limited capacity and be sure to present your ideas for park and recreational uses of this land to Island Rec’s Board of Commissioners.