News Roundup -- Winslow ideas get an airing/Salish taps new director

Winslow ideas get an airing

The range of ideas churned up at a recent downtown design brainstorm will be on display today.

The city hosts a Winslow Tomorrow presentation from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the theater at the Pavilion.

A charrette sponsored by Winslow Tomorrow in late March asked residents, “how should Winslow evolve as the island grows and changes?”

The question elicited a spirited response, with more than 50 attendees forming small groups to toss around ideas about housing affordability, urban aesthetics, pedestrian access, parking and other issues.

Architects, landscape designers and urban planners recorded concepts and plastered the walls of City Hall with sketches drawn from the discussions.

Today’s event will synthesize the range of ideas that came out of the charrette process. Charrette attendees will display their visual designs and discuss their ideas.

A panel discussion follows with Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, Winslow Tomorrow project manager Sandy Fischer and Patrick Condon, the University of British Columbia’s director of landscape architecture.

“We hope to stimulate more discussion and feedback,” Fischer said. “We’ve begun to engage a broader group of people, and that’s very exciting.”

—Tristan Baurick

Salish taps new director

Salish Sea Expeditions, headquartered on Bainbridge Island, has hired Stephen Streufert as the organization’s new executive director.

“I am excited about returning to the Puget Sound area and joining the Salish team,” said Streufert, who started work April 1.

He most recently worked in Eugene, Ore., as vice president of sales for Alpine Towers International, which designs and builds ropes courses and climbing walls. He also was board president for Eugene’s Committed Partners for Youth, a nonprofit mentoring agency.

Streufert replaces Ellie Linen Low as the head of Salish Sea Expeditions, which takes students, grades 5-12, on Puget Sound sailing trips, where they study the marine environment using hands-on methods of scientific inquiry.

As executive director, Streufert is charged with expanding the summer and fall programs and enlarging and diversifying the organization’s funding base.

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