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 parcels, two purchased in 2008, and the third in 2010. The park is hilly with three delineated wetlands and associated buffers encumbering roughly 72% of the park area. Slopes vary between 2% to 50%. Existing trail access varies between 2% and 20%. Historic mines underlay the site.
The Parks Recreation Openspace Plan recommends the following for neighborhood parks: active/passive recreation activities, serve those living within a .5 walk along a designated pedestrian route, sidewalk or trail (safe route); to accommodate a wide variety of ages and user groups: youth, adults, seniors and special needs populations; creating a sense of place by bringing together the unique character of the site with that of the neighborhood is vital to a successful neighborhood park; to develop this park, page 31. The Birchwood Neighborhood Plan only specifies a change of zone to public, which has been completed.
Anticipated park facilities include: children’s playground, adult exercise area, small picnic shelter, improved pedestrian access and path of travel that complies with ADA, on-site parking for park maintenance, designated accessible parking on Cherrywood Avenue; and pedestrian amenities tables, benches, bike racks, park signage, park name sign, trash receptacles, dog waste station, drinking fountain.
$100,000 2022 Park Impact Fees
$195,000 2023 Park Impact Fees
$200,000 2024 2nd Quarter Real Estate Excise Tax
$1,300,000 2024 Park Impact Fees
A park master plan has been developed and will be presented along with park name recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on October 12th, 2022, then to the Bellingham City Council for adoption. The draft plan can be found here: Maplewood/Mcleod Park Master Plan | Engage Bellingham. Phase 1 park design is scheduled for 2022-2023 with construction beginning in 2024. Thank you to all those that provided input on the design options and park name!
Design Consultant Team
Lead Designer: To Be Determined