2022 – 2026 Greenways Strategic Plan

The Parks and Recreation Department and the Greenways Advisory Committee (GAC) are pleased to announce the drafting of 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, ... 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

Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that planning and design for a new playground for Lorraine Ellis Neighborhood Park has begun. 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 ... Read more

Maplewood-Mcleod Park

This project involves: 1) preparing a park master plan per PAR 04.00.01;2) designing and construct improvements in an existing undeveloped neighborhood park, located between Cherrywood Avenue and Maplewood Avenue; and, 3) naming the park per PAR 01.00.01. The naming process will be integral with the park master planning process. The park is composed of three ... Read more

Arroyo Bridge

Arroyo Trail
The City’s environmental consultant and structural engineer are in the process of completing hydrologic studies, required by permitting agencies. The results of the studies will be used by the project team to finalize permits and construction documents. The bridge supports and superstructure are broken at the existing stone abutment and the current repair scope includes ... 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