Our parks and trails in Whatcom County, in our cities and unincorporated areas, would not be what they are without hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of hours they contribute each year. Many people deserve recognition for the outstanding work they do keeping our parks and trails clean and maintained. With thousands of acres of parks and trails in Whatcom County, our parks and recreation departments and other municipal agencies are stretched to keep up with users needs. Volunteers play a vital role in helping staff keep up with day-to-day needs in our parks and trails like patrolling trails, picking up trash, removing invasive species, and helping with special projects. The Foundation applauds the efforts of each of these volunteers, and wants to recognize those who go above and beyond by showing their dedication to our parks, trails, and natural areas on a daily basis. Today we would like to recognize a few special volunteers who have been identified by our board members. We are happy to share the stories of other volunteers as well, if you have someone to nominate for volunteer recognition please use the Contact Us form to tell us about it!
Almost any day of the week Tom can be found picking up trash and grubbing out blackberries near the Donovan Street entrance to the Connoly Creek Trail. The work he does prepares the area for subsequent planting by City of Bellingham or NSEA volunteers.
David & Vicki McLain
The McLains are active volunteers in the community. They saw a need for trail work at Euclid Park, and contacted the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department to find out how they could help out. Now they are regular caretakers of the trails within the park, spreading mulch and re-defining the trails, removing fallen branches, trash, and other debris from the park, and contacting Rae Edwards, Bellingham Park’s Volunteer Coordinator, when any serious issues arise. They have become the eyes-and-ears for the park, and speak up as needed. In addition to Euclid Park, they have also jumped in to gardening and maintenance at Big Rock Garden Park, one of the hidden gems of Bellingham. The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation is honored to receive donations from Exxon for the McLain’s volunteer efforts through Exxon’s employee giving program. The McLains have also branched out beyond the parks, serving as coordinators for the DOT transfer station for Ski to Sea and as volunteer coordinators for the first-ever Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival.
Thanks Tom, David, and Vicki!
Board member, Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation