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City seeks citizen participation in park plan update

Posted: August 23, 2013 1:59:54 PM PDT

City officials invite you to get involved this year as we plan for the future of Bellingham parks, open space and trails by taking the on-line survey to give us your opinions and help set the direction for the future of our community.

The City of Bellingham is updating its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, a six-year plan that becomes part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan will analyze the supply, demand and need for park and recreation services and facilities within Bellingham city limits and urban growth area.  Adoption of a new plan is necessary for the City to apply for State grant funding under the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Bellingham is home to 36 parks, 70 miles of trails and over 2000 acres of open space. In 2012, the Parks and Recreation Department hosted or co-sponsored numerous events and activities that served an estimated 1 million participants.

Bellingham’s world class parks, trails, open spaces, and recreational opportunities are the crown jewels of our community, says Bellingham Parks and Recreation Director James King.  The important community discussions that shape this plan’s direction, are essential to making sure that we maintain and enhance our community’s parks and recreation assets.

Some citizens say we need more parks in various areas of the city, others seek additional programs to serve our diverse and growing population. Other parks users tell us they want increased maintenance, expanded playgrounds and new services.  We want to know what you think.

City officials will look at these wishes and others throughout the next few months and present recommendations for parks services and facilities that respond to the community’s needs. A draft Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan will be complete this fall and presented to the Planning Commission and City Council for review and public hearings with final plan approval expected in 2014.

What’s your vision for Bellingham’s parks?  Get involved!  Take our on-line survey by September 9,  and look for results and other updates in the weeks following at the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan page of the city’s website.

Survey page link:

Parks, Recreation, Open Space Plan: 


Media Contact:
Leslie Bryson, Design/Development Manager
Parks and Recreation Department
(360) 778-7000 8am-5pm Mon-Fri

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