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 for neighborhood tots.

Anticipated park facilities include: playground, benches, and a trash receptacle. A walkway to connect the playground and proposed sidewalk along West Illinois is also in design.


​​$250,000 Park Impact Fees


Design phase: Now until March 2023
Construction phase: June to November 2023

Design Options

Please see the preferred option depicting an assortment of fun, accessible, challenging, and cooperative play opportunities for preschool and school aged children. The final selection of playground option depends on public input.

Survey Information

Design Consultant Team

  • ​City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Team
  • Reichhardt and Ebe Engineering, Inc.
  • GeoEngineers, Inc.


​To Be Determined

Public Meetings

Columbia Neighborhood Membership Drive – 2/12/22
Columbia Neighborhood Association Meeting – 03/15/22
Engage Bellingham Outreach 3/25/22 – 4/8/22
Columbia Neighborhood Association Meeting – 4/20/22
Columbia Neighborhood Association Meeting – 8/16/22
Engage Bellingham Outreach 7/22/22 – 8/18/22

West Illinois Street Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Improvements

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