Universal Beach Accessibility on Whidbey Island
Updated: Aug 8, 2020
Island Beach Access is pioneering a way to improve access for everyone to the water's edge, not just for those who can easily walk over or around driftwood and across sand and beach stones to experience the joy of watching the water and sea life up close.
Aerial Whidbey has enjoyed helping Island Beach Access (IBA) move closer to their vision of transforming the Clinton Beach Park (next to the Clinton Ferry Terminal) for improved access for all. IBA's Kyle Richardson, Photographer, is in the process of developing the informational display to be installed at the park. Read about Kyle and the Universal Beach Accessibility Project in this South Whidbey Record article.
What's the best way to capture great images of the park for use in the display? Yes, a drone can lift a camera up 200 feet for a snapshot of the park, however the image details are OK but not superb. Aerial Whidbey used robotic drone technology to program aerial scan flights over the park at only 80 feet altitude, recording hundreds of overlapping images that were processed into one, composite image by using photogrammetry software developed for the evolving commercial drone industry. (Note to recreational "drone" quadcopter owners: Drone flights were directly coordinated with Washington State Ferries. Contact WSF prior to launching or flying anywhere near a terminal.)
(The image above, and the image and video below are examples only. Final versions are being prepared. Stay tuned to Island Beach Access for updates about the accessibility project.)