Major improvements planned at Boulevard Park this summer -- including installing a new sand and gravel beach and an updated playground -- will result in wonderful, updated amenities but minor inconveniences to park users during construction.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to make some much-needed improvements to this well-loved waterfront park,” said Leslie Bryson, design and development manager with the Parks and Recreation Department. “We wish we didn’t have to work in the park in the summer while everyone is playing, but in this case permitting regulations and rainy Washington weather mean it is the only option.”
Beginning in May, Bryson said, the existing worn out playground will be replaced with safer, more accessible playground equipment to provide a fun, challenging and creative outlet for children. The playground replacement project is funded with $90,000 in real estate excise tax revenue.
In addition, significant shoreline improvements are scheduled to begin at Boulevard Park in June. The project is designed to reduce erosion, improve public access to the water and improve habitat conditions. Concrete rubble along portions of the shoreline north of The Woods Coffee will be removed and replaced with a sand and gravel beach.
Bryson said the new beach being created by this project will be fully accessible to the public and a wonderful place to walk and play. This work is scheduled to begin in June and continue through fall 2013, while landscape and lawn restoration may extend into the winter and spring months of 2014. Construction along the shoreline may also occur during night time and early morning hours when the tides are low, as required by state and federal regulatory agencies. This project is expected to cost approximately $425,000, with funding provided by park impact fees and Greenway Levy III funds.
Also planned this summer is the replacement of the sewer line that runs through the park from The Woods Coffee to the north restrooms. Sewer funds will pay for this project.
Bryson said portions of Boulevard Park will be closed to the public during these construction activities and some parking stalls may be affected. Park users should use caution near construction areas, maintaining a safe distance behind posted fences and barriers. In addition, no concerts are being planned this summer at Boulevard Park, due to the construction activities. Concerts will still be offered Thursday evenings at Elizabeth Park this summer.
For more information on Boulevard Park improvements and other park projects, contact the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department at 360-778-7000, or visit the Parks and Recreation Department projects webpage.
Boulevard Park Improvements: Webpage includes photographs of existing
conditions during high-tide storms and simulated photos of new beaches after
Published: June 13, 2013