Friday Harbor's Sunshine Alley—the future is at hand

An artist rendering shows the layout and businesses of surrounding Sunshine Alley.  - Contributed image/Town of Friday Harbor
An artist rendering shows the layout and businesses of surrounding Sunshine Alley.
— image credit: Contributed image/Town of Friday Harbor

Ideas wanted - to turn Sunshine Alley into a new town focal point and a worthy entryway to the Brickworks.

Everyone is invited on Wednesday or Thursday, Feb. 26 or 27, to brainstorm ideas for Sunshine Alley with Tom Beckwith, a La Conner-based urban design consultant hired by the Town of Friday Harbor to mastermind the redevelopment of Sunshine Alley.

Town Administrator Duncan Wilson, the mayor and Town Council, and the people behind the successful redevelopment of the Brickworks will be there to hear your ideas and give theirs to the Beckwith Consulting Group team.

Workshop participants will divide into small groups to develop ideas for alley entries and portals, pathways and connections, alleyway treatments, building backside improvements and uses, outdoor dining areas, performance areas, children’s play areas, landscaping, accents and artworks, landmarks, and lighting - or any other topic workshop participants wish to consider.

The town website ( has an extensive collection of materials to peruse, including the survey of customers and tourists already prepared, schematic diagrams of the  Sunshine Alley site and the planning process, and numerous photos of existing conditions and of what's been done elsewhere.

Two days have been set aside to accommodate the expected large group. Mayor Carrie Lacher and the consultant ask that everyone sign up in advance so each day's attendance will be balanced to give everyone the most opportunity to participate fully.

The town website has a link to the sign-up sheet; click here to register.

The concepts created in the design workshop will be detailed, evaluated, and refined by the consultant team. The purpose of the workshop is to create ideas - not resolve all the details.

Once the workshop concepts have been compiled and refined, an open house at Brickworks and online will be conducted where you may review, critique, and rank (vote on) the ideas.

For more information contact Duncan Wilson at 378-2810, or

— Steve Wehrly



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