Next Monday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m., the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department and Mayor Kelli Linville are hosting a unique opportunity to tour a critical segment of the Bay to Baker Trail before it officially opens for public use.
“Planning for the Squalicum Creek segment of the Bay to Baker Trail began in the early 1970's, and has been a community wide desire for decades,” explained Leslie Bryson, Parks and Recreation Director The new multi-modal trail is nearly 1.5 miles long starting near Cornwall Park, extending under I-5, past James Street to Irongate Road with a connection to Sunset Pond Park.
Funded with $1.1M in Greenways III Levy funds and a $500k Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Grant, this 10 foot wide, limestone trail features three culvert crossings and one steel bridge, all of which have been designed for safe fish passage and to accommodate the 100 year flood event. Tiger Construction of Everson is expected to fully complete the project by the end of the year.
Mayor Linville, Parks and Recreation Director Bryson, and other key city staff and community members will be present to share background history of the trail project and highlight the great work that has been completed, as well as provide information on future phases of trail development and the Squalicum Creek Re-route project.
Parking is limited. Please plan to walk, ride your bike or carpool to this event. For complete details, see the city website. City staff hope to see you on October 17 for a sneak peak of the trail!