Chuckanut Community Forest Master Plan

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Chuckanut Community Forest Master Plan | Engage Bellingham

Description

A Master Plan for the Chuckanut Community Forest, commonly known as Hundred Acre Wood, and the adjacent Interurban Greenway trails and open space in southern Bellingham, is underway. The extent of the planning area includes Park properties east of the interurban trail near Hoag’s Pond, a total of 114 acres. The intent of the Master Plan is to create a dynamic, long-lasting plan that will set priorities and strategies to guide the future of the forest, trails, and open space. The Chuckanut Community Forest holds great significance for the natural ecosystems in and around Bellingham as well as providing unique recreational and educational opportunities for the public.

Following the acquisition of 82 acres by the Greenways Program, a conservation easement between the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District and the City of Bellingham was established. The conservation easement is intended to protect the property in perpetuity and ensure that any future recreational enhancements or educational elements of the park do not negatively impact the unique environmental features or conservation values.

A steering committee was established and includes representatives from surrounding neighborhoods and recreational user groups, Park District board members, Park Board members, and City staff. This committee discusses key topics, reviews public input, and decides on the eventual contents of the Master Plan.  In addition to the steering committee, a variety of opportunities for public input throughout the planning period, including:

  • An online community survey (August 5-September 15, 2021)
  • Community led on-site survey and data gathering (Oct. 9 and 11, 2021)
  • Engage Bellingham online updates and engagement
  • A live online Open House (March 16, 2022)
  • An Open House follow up survey (March 18-April 1, 2022)

The public input informed key components of the master planning process, such as the formal naming, allowed uses, and the goals and strategies. This resulted in the development of a master plan that was presented to the Greenways Advisory Committee on June 2, 2022 and again on June 30, 2022. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will review in July, and a final draft will go to City County for a public hearing in August 2022.

Funding

$25,000 from Greenways IV

Status

Gathering of public input and planning is currently underway

References

Contacts

Parks & Recreation Department: (360) 778-7000

Nicole Oliver, Parks and Recreation Director, noliver@cob.org
Laine Potter, Design and Development Manager, lrpotter@cob.org

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