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Brainstorming Session
On March 28, 2006, the port hosted an all-day brainstorming session to help design the new marina. This meeting was attended by over 20 marina experts, habitat specialists, public park professionals, planners, environmental advocates, architects, and community advocates. City and port staff helped the group understand the benefits and opportunities of a new marina as part of the New Whatcom planning effort.

Team Challenge
Participants were divided into two teams, and each team was challenged to create "a beautiful and appropriate marina for our city - one that balances and integrates economic development, habitat restoration, and new public access to the waterfront."

Designs
One team visioned sections of the marina breakwater closely resembling the natural shoreline. The native Puget Sound landscaping would appear as shifting formations of boulders, logs, and sandy pocket beaches and would provide wave protection for boats. Public trails would meander around rocks shaped to form habitat-friendly tide pools and pocket beaches, offering visitors access to the water.

Both teams designed openings through the marina breakwater to help salmon moving to and from Whatcom Creek. These passageways would be spanned by bridges, so people could enjoy nearly a mile of public access along the breakwater. Participants also proposed many green building features to improve the marina design, like water-efficient landscaping, energy efficiency, and the use of recycled materials.

Illustrations
The ideas from the brainstorming session were rapidly turned into pictures by illustrators sitting at each table. The drawings were shown to the public later that same evening at a community open house.
Clean Ocean Marina design

Clean Ocean Marina aerial design

Clean Ocean Marina walkway design

Clean Ocean Marina design

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