DSC_0001 There is an ongoing effort to attract visitors to historic downtown Oak Harbor.

Many comments and suggestions here: Downtown Oak Harbor dilemma: Attracting shoppers proving to be a challenge (Sorry- all old comments stripped away when local paper launched new commenting format.)

A few thoughts on this:

Entering Oak Harbor from the south- visitors are greeted by a trailer park on the left that looks to be having a bad day- every day. Nothing against trailer parks. In Coupeville- as you enter town from the ferry- on S. Engle Road- there is a trailer park on the right. It always looks well kept.

Maybe Oak Harbor business leaders could work with the landlord at this trailer park and assist in cleanup or in placing some landscaping between the property & the road.

After gathering an initial impression of Oak Harbor at the trailer park- visitors drive another half mile into town and look over to the left again. The corner lot has turned into a storage site for a number of 55 gallon drums. (photo at top of page)

Maybe lose the drums or build a fenced enclosure to conceal them.

I have spent time walking in historic downtown Oak Harbor and will do so again. Several businesses I’ve been very happy with: Skagit Cycle Center-Oak Harbor shop, Riverside Cafe & Lounge Oak Harbor, Dr. Dawn, Pony Mailing & Business Center, & Gene’s Art & Frame.

The Oak Harbor area is surrounded by pretty scenery- maybe just kick it up a notch.