The public is invited to the City of Bellingham’s annual Earth Day habitat restoration work party from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday April 23 at Little Squalicum Park, near the Birchwood and Columbia neighborhoods. The work party is hosted by Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program, Public Works Natural Resources Division, and Washington Conservation Corps. Volunteers can park in the Bellingham Technical College lower parking lot and follow signs to the work party.
The work party is open to the public, requires no pre-registration, and is fun for volunteers of all ages. Unaccompanied youth under 18 are required to bring a liability release form signed by a parent or guardian. Gloves, tools, and instruction will be provided on site. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. Please dress appropriately for the weather in clothes that can get dirty.
Take this great opportunity to join us in celebrating and honoring the beautiful world we live in by helping to clean up and weed this important park. A neighborhood favorite, Little Squalicum Park features a lovely field for playing, and direct beach access. Volunteers will be helping to remove invasive plants and mulch areas of exposed soil.
In addition, the Public Works Natural Resources Division will share information about Little Squalicum Estuary, an upcoming restoration project in the southern portion of the park. The future project will increase habitat for juvenile salmon by creating vegetated saltmarsh, mudflat habitat, and a fish accessible tidal connection with Little Squalicum Creek.
City staff will be available to discuss information about the new estuary project and answer questions about the history of the site.
Park in the Bellingham Technical College lower parking lot. For maps, liability release forms, and more information, go to COB.org and search “Parks Volunteer Program”.
Volunteer program schedule: https://www.cob.org/gov/public/volunteer/parks/pages/schedule.aspx
Superfund info: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=1046
For more about Little Squalicum Park: https://cob.org/services/recreation/parks-trails/parks-guide/little-squalicum-park