City projects underway to improve local parks

Repairs and enhancements happening now

September 06, 2018 - by Nicole Oliver, Parks Development Manager

​As summer winds down and the kids return to school, Bellingham park users may notice improvement projects happening in several locations. 


A new concrete pathway is now under construction that will provide an accessible connection to the lower entrance of the Central Library.  In addition to the new pathway, the defunct fountain in Lee Memorial Park was demolished, and the beautiful Japanese garden at the west side of the park was revived with removal of diseased trees and new rock installation.  Park Impact Fees are funding this project.


A new parking lot and trail is just about to open off Woburn Street that provides 1,555 feet of new switchback trail into Whatcom Falls Park.  “This long-awaited trailhead improvement provides an option to the stairway at Woburn and Yew streets to access the park,” said Leslie Bryson, Park and Recreation Director.  Funding for this project came from the Olympic Pipeline settlement and Greenways. 


Civic Stadium north grandstand is getting a new roof, and the track at Civic Stadium was completely resurfaced: both projects were funded by Greenways. 


Lastly, Lake Padden bathhouse is getting a facelift also funded by Greenways.  Constructed in the 1970's, this structure will be getting a new roof and gutters, as well as an improved drainage system.  Scheduled for this Fall, the trail around Lake Padden will be slightly detoured during construction.  


For more details on these and other City park projects, see


Media Contact

​Nicole Oliver, Parks Development Manager
Parks and Recreation
(360) 778-7013

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