2022 – 2026 Greenways Strategic Plan

The Parks and Recreation Department and the Greenways Advisory Committee (GAC) are pleased to announce an updated strategic plan. The Greenways Strategic Plan (the Plan) recommends funding priorities for Greenways levy funds in three categories: property acquisitions, development, and maintenance. The Plan improves consistency with the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan, describes the objectives ... Read more

Happy Valley Neighborhood Park– Donovan House Demo

The City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the recent purchase of approximately 1/3-acre property adjacent to Happy Valley Park that will provide expanded access and visibility, as well as space for future park amenities. The first step of site improvement is the removal of the house at 2710 Donovan Avenue. ... Read more

Lorraine Ellis Park Playground Renovation

The design of a new playground for Lorraine Ellis Neighborhood Park is in process. The existing playground equipment, installed in 1990, is tired and weather beaten; it does not comply with safety standards for public playground equipment, and lacks ADA access. This project will provide this neighborhood new, unique, fun, safe, and accessible, play opportunities ... Read more

Storybrook Park Master Plan

The Council approved and adopted the Park Master Plan on December 12, 2022. The Council also approved changing the name of the park from “Maplewood McLeod Park” to “Storybrook Park”. Thank you to all those that provided input on the design and park name. Storybrook Park Phase 1 The phase one project is anticipated to ... Read more

Arroyo Bridge repairs

Arroyo Trail
Arroyo Park is an 85-acre park in the South Neighborhood, accessed off Chuckanut Drive and Old Samish Road or via the Interurban Greenway and Trail system. The park is the north gateway to recreational opportunities in the Chuckanut Mountains. Chuckanut Creek runs through the park for approximately ½ of a mile and supports various fish ... Read more

Lake Padden Parking Lot Expansion

Lake Padden Parking Lot
NOW OPEN! This project is a partnership with the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition and the city and has created a 184 stall paved parking lot. It expanded the existing parking area at Lake Padden Park across the street from Galbraith Lane on Samish Way. Amenities include portable toilets and 2 new kiosks, as well as ... Read more