Mayor's Snapshot

June 25, 2021

Latest news from the City of Oak Harbor and updates from Mayor Bob Severns

Summer is here and I am excited to see Oak Harbor shine as we bring back all of the great events. I can't wait to see you when I am out and about this summer. Don't forget to say, "hi!"

Shipwreck Shores Splash Park is Open

Mayor Bob Severns issued a proclamation to open the splash park today. Public Works Parks Division turned on the Splash Park for the community before the scheduled July 1 date due to the upcoming heatwave anticipated this weekend.

Hours for the splash park are also extended to 8:30 p.m. between June 25 and June 27.

Boating and Life Jackets

It only works, if you wear it! More information about life jackets is available on the United States Coast Guard website. P.S. They posted this adorable puppy photo on their Facebook page.

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July parade and fireworks show are back this year. Special thanks to the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Sponsors, and City Staff. It's going to be a blast.

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Additional Reminders for the Fourth of July

City offices are closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of July 4. Garbage, recycling, and yard waste services collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, July 6.

The Marina is open during normal business hours.

Due to the parade route, There is no Marina access (entrance or exit) between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. because the road will be closed at SE Pioneer Way and SE Regatta Drive for the parade. Please plan ahead.

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The Special Events Permit is Now Available

The City opened up the Special Events Permit Application at the end of May. The application is available online at Details for reserving a facility or deciding if you need a special event permit or not is available on the Facility Rentals page on the City website at

Island County Human Services

Island County Human Services is administering COVID-19 Emergency grants, offering rent, mortgage and utility assistance to Island County residents impacted by the pandemic.

These funds are designed to minimize evictions and to keep households from falling into homelessness. The goal is to assist all qualifying households before the Eviction Moratorium is lifted.

Contact Human Services for more details by phone at (360) 678-7880.

American Rescue Plan Funds

Finance Director David Goldman will be leading this program. Staff is currently focused on reviewing the details of the grant before proceeding to next steps. More to come on this topic in the future. Finance Director Goldman will be giving an update on the program at the June 30 City Council Workshop.

Rumor Has It...

I am adding a new section to my newsletter called, "Rumor Has It..." because sometimes my staff or I receive details of stories circulating in the community and I want to take some time to separate fact from fiction.


I am planning to purchase the ball fields at Windjammer Park and develop the property into condos.

The rumor is false. The ball fields at Windjammer Park are under discussion as part of the phase two planning for Windjammer Phase Two. I also want to eliminate another rumor about Windjammer Phase Two. Yes, there is a phase two outreach process coming and it will include additional community participation.

If you hear about something the City is doing and you want to confirm it, let us know. You can email City staff at and someone will respond. It may take a few days to research but we will do our best to provide the answer for you.

Upcoming Events

I hope to see you out and about at one of these upcoming events:

Sasquatch Walk - Sold Out!
June 26, 2021 | 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Rededication and Celebration Event for the Memorial Rotary Bridge

July 1, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Crabbing Season Opens!

July 1 - rules and guidelines available on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website at

Whidbey Young Professionals - Monthly Networking Lunch
July 2, 2021 at 1 p.m.

Fourth of July Events

July 4, 2021 - see website and flyer above for event dates/times

Fourth of July

July 5, 2021 - City Offices are closed and Garbage/Recycling services scheduled for Monday move to Tuesday collection.

Career Cafe Virtual Job Fair

July 9, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

The Center in Oak Harbor's Picnic in the Park

July 21 and August 25 at 12 p.m.

Whidbey Island Marathon
September 12, 2021

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Thank you for reading the June 2021 edition of the Mayor's Snapshot!