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Snohomish County Arts Commission seeks art concepts for Kayak Park

STANWOOD — The Snohomish County Arts Commission is seeking concepts from qualified artists to design and integrate a site-specific artwork for Kayak Park in Stanwood.

Kayak Point County Park, located on Marine View Drive northwest of Marysville and adjacent to the Tulalip Indian Reservation, is a saltwater park with a boat launch and a pier for fishermen.

The Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Department is planning renovations to the day-use portion of the park, including a redesign of the parking lot and traffic flow, stormwater management, near-shore habitat enhancement and improvements to the boat launch.

A new plaza and pier enhancements will provide space for outdoor gatherings and concessions. As part of the park renovation project, an art installation that connects and responds to the dynamic nature of the site is being envisioned. Current plans for park renovations are conceptual and will be refined and implemented over time.

The commission sees multiple opportunities to integrate art with the county's renovation plans on the beach level of the park, including:

• Sculptures that could be placed at the entry to the day-use area, with big open views over Port Susan to Camano and Whidbey islands.

• Art elements that could be incorporated within the plaza and pier space.

• A row of shelters and a walking path along the edge of the shore could also offer potential for art projects.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 14. Learn more at www.snocoarts.org.

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