The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District was formed in 1983. Bud and Margaret Waterman donated 40 acres to the District on a site next to South Whidbey High School that is now known as Community Park. In 1987, a levy was passed to begin developing and maintaining the District land. In 1999, the District purchased approximately 40 acres of land adjacent to the Park, which has been kept natural with trails running throughout the acreage. With bond proceeds in 2000, the District purchased 29.09 acres of land east of the Park which has since been converted into a sports complex with soccer fields, open space and a forested area. Since its inception, the District has built four baseball fields, additional soccer fields, an administrative building, playground, skate park, restrooms and trails which wind through Community Park. The District now also maintains Deer Lake, Goss Lake and Lone Lake. For more information regarding the history of Community Park, click here.

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is pleased to announce the acquisition of a thirty acre parcel adjacent to Community Park and South Whidbey High School. The property was purchased at a price of $390,000 and the closing occurred on October 30, 2015. Based on input received from local citizens and stakeholder groups, District staff is currently developing a campground on a portion of the property. Additionally, the District will be applying for Acquisition & Development grants next spring, through the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program grants process.

  • The South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation has established a Property Development Fund to accept tax deductible donations toward property development.To donate to the Property Development Fund, click here.
  • Any questions regarding the agreement or requests for additional information should be referred to Doug Coutts, Director, at dirswprd@whidbey.com.
  • For a list of South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District facilities, click here.

Park Rules:

  • Park Hours are 7:00 a.m. to dusk. It is unlawful for any person to enter or remain on the premises outside the hours posted.
  • All pets must be on leash. Please clean up after pets including horses.
  • Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances are prohibited on all SWPRD premises.
  • Motorized vehicles allowed only on designated roads or designated parking areas.
  • No smoking within 300 feet of ball fields or the playgrounds.

Our Satisfaction Guarantee Policy is:

  1. Full refunds will be given for classes cancelled by South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District.
  2. Refunds requested and submitted in writing using the Refund Request Form before the early fee deadline date (or at least 5 business days before start of program if no early fee deadline) will be subject to a 10% service fee, with a minimum service fee of $10.
  3. SWPRD account credits requested and submitted in writing using the Refund Request Form before the early fee deadline date (or at least 5 business days before start of program if no early fee deadline) will be good for one calendar year from issue date, for the full fee paid and will not be subject to a service fee.
  4. Refunds or credits will not be issued if cancelled after deadline date or within 5 business days of program start.
  5. To request a refund, a Refund Request Form must be submitted to the SWPRD office in writing. Verbal requests will not be honored. Click here for a Refund Request Form or stop by our office to complete one. Please be aware that refund requests may take up to 45 days to process.
  6. Refunds will not be issued from an account credit.
  7. Refunds will not be issued for programs costing $10.00 or less (unless cancelled by SWPRD).
  8. One day classes, trips or special events are not covered under this policy (no refunds or credits available).
  9. Certain contract programs, such as Skyhawks & Challenger British Soccer, have their own refund policies. Contact the contractor directly to inquire about their specific policy.

Scholarship Information

SWPRD is pleased to offer scholarships for youth and teen programs. Scholarship eligibility is based on income level and number of individuals in the household. Each application is evaluated individually and there is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded.

If approved, applicants will receive 50-100% up to $50.00 towards the program fee for a SWPRD program. There is a limit of one (1) scholarship per individual per quarter (3 month period). Scholarships are limited to individuals only. Groups and organizations are not eligible to apply. For more information, call Carrie at (360) 221-6788.

Click here for a SWPRD Scholarship Application

The Healthy Island Youth Initiative (HIYI) Committee is pleased to announce that it
recently received generous donations from Island Thrift, Soroptimist International of Oak
Harbor, and Wal-Mart, and an anonymous South Whidbey donor. These donations will
support ongoing efforts to keep organized healthy activities affordable for all local youth
in Island County. The HIYI Scholarship Fund addresses these needs by helping cover the cost of registration fees, equipment and/or other expenses so that youth in Island County can participate in organized physical activities, regardless of their family’s economic status. For more information, contact Carrie at (360) 221-6788.

Click here for a Physical Activity HIYI Scholarship Application

Interested in Making a Scholarship Fund Contribution?
Donations to this fund may now be tax deductible. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made payable to South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation, and should be mailed to: PO Box 157, Freeland, WA 98249, with a note on the memo line directing it to the “HIYI Scholarship Fund”.