Land Bank’s Lopez Tombolo Preserve Extended

Posted March 6, 2017 at 5:55 am by


The Land Bank is excit­ed to announce an addi­tion­al 800 feet of pub­lic access to beach and tide­lands locat­ed west of Bayshore Road on the San Juan Chan­nel side of Fish­er­man Bay on Lopez Island. This acqui­si­tion would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of the Sun­set Acres Own­ers Asso­ci­a­tion, a res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ty on the west side of Lopez.

This beau­ti­ful piece of shore­line prop­er­ty is imme­di­ate­ly south of the Land Bank’s Tombo­lo Pre­serve and north of the County’s Otis Perkins Day Park. Views extend across the chan­nel to San Juan and Turn Islands, over to Shaw and up to Turtle­back Moun­tain. This beach will be man­aged to pro­vide habi­tat for its marine birds and mam­mals, and also to pro­vide low impact recre­ation for every­one on Lopez.

Joan­na Richey, pres­i­dent of the Asso­ci­a­tion, said, “When we looked at this piece of shore­line, locat­ed north of our com­mu­ni­ty and adja­cent to oth­er pub­lic lands, it made sense for it to be sold to the Land Bank as an addi­tion to their Tombo­lo Pre­serve. We felt that Otis and Eleanor Perkins, who orig­i­nal­ly owned the prop­er­ty, would have want­ed its beau­ty to be shared. We are hap­py that this sale will give peo­ple on Lopez a long, con­tin­u­ous stretch of acces­si­ble pub­lic beach to enjoy for­ev­er and that the Land Bank’s man­age­ment will pro­tect its eco­log­i­cal and pub­lic benefits.”

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