Inside Bellingham Weekly: February 3, 2023

A weekly news roundup from the City of Bellingham

February 03, 2023 - by Janice Keller, Communications Director

New paramedic unit: We rolled out a new paramedic unit this week, the first advanced life support transport unit addition to our EMS system since 2001 — yes, 22 years ago. The new unit is housed and responding from Fire Station 75 in Lynden. Staffed by two Bellingham Fire Department paramedics, it will improve paramedic response times in that area and help address increasing service demands throughout the county. With the addition of this paramedic unit, the fifth advanced life support (ALS) ambulance in the system, we are providing much-needed capacity to our ALS system and assuring that we can continue to provide every patient the emergency medical attention they require. Special thanks to our partners at Lynden Fire Department for helping bring this service improvement to the residents of Whatcom County.

Right time, right price” parking: This week changes to parking permit prices went into effect, as approved by the Bellingham City Council late last year, to help increase the use of parking permits for City parking lots and garages. Permit prices for more heavily used parking lots increased while the cost of those less heavily used decreased. Permit lots and garages are a great option for longer and more frequent parking in our central business centers, such as for downtown employees and residents. Visit our Parking Permit page to learn more about parking permit options.

Join a working group, help inform climate actions: The City is seeking applicants for two technical working groups to inform our climate action research. Two limited-term groups will provide input on the development of programs to lower carbon pollution in our community. Details available on the Climate Action Research Technical Working Groups page. Act fast, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2023.

By the Numbers

SeeClickFix: Have you used our SeeClickFix app? It is the best way to report non-emergency City infrastructure issues that need our attention, using your mobile or desktop device. Last year we completed 3,205 SeeClickFix service requests, addressing everything from graffiti and potholes to flooding, damaged signs and illegal dumping. Give it a try, with details about how to get started available on our SeeClickFix FAQs page.


New trail: Whatcom Community College recently dedicated to the City a perpetual public trail easement as part of developing new on-campus student housing. Our agreement with the college allows public use of the trail running north from West Kellogg Road parallel to Cordata Parkway. This new, multi-modal trail built by the college will serve the broader Cordata neighborhood and fulfills recommended trail corridors adopted in the City’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. Please join us in thanking our partners at Whatcom Community College and try out our expanded options for trail routes around Cordata Park, Cordata open space and Julianna Park.

Improving Public Spaces

Arroyo bridge repairs: Great news for trail users! Construction to repair damaged Arroyo Park bridges (see photo below) is anticipated this summer. While plans were made to fix the bridges shortly after they were damaged, repairs were delayed by the need to obtain permits from multiple agencies and schedule the project at certain times of year to avoid work during fish spawning. For information and updates, see our Arroyo Bridge repairs project page.

Repairs anticipated to begin this summer on damaged bridges in Arroyo Park

Media Contact

Janice Keller, Communications Director or (360) 778-8100



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