City seeks service providers for Woodstock Farm

City inviting ideas for future uses of Woodstock Farm, a historic property with panoramic views

January 13, 2023 - by Melissa Bianconi, Parks & Recreation Department

The City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department is seeking organizations or individuals to manage, program or operate all or part of Woodstock Farm, a historic property with Craftsman-era buildings and panoramic views of Chuckanut Bay located along Chuckanut Drive.

“Woodstock Farm is an important piece of Bellingham’s history and the setting is stunning. The site has many programming opportunities and opening the proposal process to the public will result in the best use of the site,” said Parks & Recreation Director Nicole Oliver.

A virtual tour and a photo gallery of the farm and its setting, available on the City website, offer detailed views of the buildings and grounds.

Woodstock Farm is nestled on a 16-acre property, with panoramic views of Chuckanut Bay. It was established in 1905 by park advocate and civic leader, Cyrus Lester Gates. In 1944, Raymond and Gladys Lee purchased Woodstock Farm from the Gates family. The City of Bellingham acquired the property in 2004 and has since operated the grounds as a public park. In July 2021, Woodstock Farm was listed on the National Historic Register.

The facilities are often used for small special events, such as weddings, retreats and Parks & Recreation Department programs. Existing reservations will not be affected by potential new uses of Woodstock Farm.

All proposed uses of the site must accommodate current public access, enhance park user experiences, preserve and protect historic site features, and activate the site by providing cultural, recreational and/or historical programming opportunities.

Responses are due March 1, 2023. For more information on selection criteria, how to submit a proposal and more, visit the Woodstock Farm page of the City website.

Media Contact

Melissa Bianconi, Recreation Manager
Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department
(360) 778-7000 or


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