Take a Walk on the West Side June 3rd

Heather Carter Community, Event, Places, Volunteer

The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation invites you to celebrate National Trails Day with a rare opportunity to walk or ride along a section of property just to the west of Bellingham International Airport.  This stretch of road/trail is part of the proposed Airport Trail Plan currently under review by the Port Commission. Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation is proud to partner with the Port of Bellingham, Bellingham International Airport, and City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department to host this event. Normally closed to the public, this section will be open to traverse on foot or by bicycle from Kope Road on the north end, along the airport access road, through to Marine Drive on the south end, then returning back to Kope Road. The entire trail is approximately 1.75 miles round-trip, over varying terrain. In addition to providing open access to this area, officials from the Port will be on hand to share information about the proposed Airport Trail Plan. Kids and adults alike will love exploring the natural flora and fauna with a nature scavenger hunt activity provided by Brio Laundry. The information and refreshment stop is located in a beautiful meadow and provides an excellent viewing …

Discovering Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve

Heather Carter Community, Places, Story

If you’re searching for beautiful forested trails to hike, but don’t feel like straying too far from Bellingham, head over to Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve! Located just outside of town, this trail system is Sudden Valley’s best kept secret. After recently moving to the area with my family, I have spent a lot of time exploring the region and discovering new trails. The trailhead is located on Lake Louise Road and offers a decent sized parking lot, along with restrooms to visit before heading out on your adventure. Since Lookout Mountain is part of Whatcom County Parks and Recreation instead of Washington State Parks, you don’t need a Discover Pass! The trails are available to use by hikers and bikers alike, plus your furry dog friends can come along if they are on a leash. The best part about this area is that it’s available to use year-round! So far, my favorite way to spend time here is hiking while wearing our toddler on my back in the baby carrier. We both get to enjoy the magnificent views of Douglas Firs, Big Leaf Maple, and Alder trees, in addition to several creeks and two waterfalls. The Lower Loop Trail is …

Show your WPRF Style!

Heather Carter Community, Giving, Shop

We are so excited to announce the launch of our new store on Cafe Press!  Now you can show your support for WPRF wherever you go.  Get the WPRF or Nooksack Loop Trail logo printed on your favorite swag and support local parks, trails, and recreation programs with every purchase! Visit our shop today! Like what you see?  Have an idea for a design?  Contact Us   Thanks in advance for your support!

Fairhaven Park Gateway Fund

Heather Carter Community, Giving, Story

The City of Bellingham has just announced that the historic gateway pillars that mark the entrance to Fairhaven Park will be demolished. Demolition and salvage of the iconic gateway structures is scheduled for February. Read the Full Press Release The City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department estimates that replacing the structures will cost $250,000. Cost projections are based on planner’s estimates for the market rate of expenses like architectural and engineering plans, permits, labor, and material costs. According to department officials, “Reuse of parts of the salvaged pieces, or replication with new materials, both are possible.” Replacement of the structures is not currently in the budget or Department plans for the near-future. This was not an expected situation, but the deterioration of the structures is significant enough that they need to be taken down soon in the interest of public safety. Citizens across the city have reacted strongly to the news, and many have expressed a wish to help with the costs to rebuild. Donate to the Fairhaven Park Gateway Fund – donations will be held until we have a plan to move forward with the project. Volunteer your time – The WPRF is looking for volunteers to help coordinate this project. …

Honoring a volunteer & friend…

Heather Carter Community, Event, Uncategorized, Volunteer

The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation hosted their 9th Annual Holiday Mixer and Award Celebration event on December 1st, 2016.  The guest of honor for the evening was Lisa Friend, past board member with the WPRF and the 2016 recipient of the William Dittrich Award for volunteer service in the parks and recreation field. The Foundation presented Ms. Friend with the award in honor of the many years of volunteer service and advocacy that she has contributed to parks, trails, and environmental causes around Whatcom County.  Lisa is a former board member of the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation, and currently serves as President of the Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park. Ms Friend, also a former recipient of the RE Sources “Environmental Heroes” award, is a lifelong conservationist who specializes in recycling and composting.  When she’s not volunteering to staff a “Zero Waste” set-up at community events, she’s likely in her garden or walking a local trail.  In addition to walking the renowned “Camino de Santiago” in Spain, Ms Friend has covered most of the 1,000 miles walked and documented by John Muir after the Civil War.  “I wanted to see what had changed and what had remained the same in the …

Members: It’s Your Choice!

Heather Carter Community, Giving

The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation is eager to announce the newest offer for our Fall 2016 Membership Drive: The Member’s Choice Campaign! For a limited time only, when you join the Foundation or renew your membership for 2017 you can choose to donate half of your membership dues to one of 8 great projects supported by the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation. Join Today!

Hello Again!

Heather Carter Community, Event, Places

You may have noticed that we’ve been a little quiet the past few months. We at the Foundation had a busy this summer planning and running the first-annual Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival.  The Festival was held over Labor Day Weekend out at Hovander Homestead Park and we are happy to announce that it was a success, raising about $15,000 after expenses for the Foundation, $3,000 of which is pledged to help with improvements out at Hovander Homestead Park’s farm animal contact area. We are so grateful for all of the amazing support we received from the community through sponsorship, donations,volunteers, and most of all to the guests who came out to spend their holiday weekend listening to fine Bluegrass musicians from across the country.  The weekend was filled with music, from our kick-off Salmon Dinner on Friday evening until Monday morning when the last of the campers packed up their sites and pulled out of the camp ground. For more photos and info about the Festival, visit the Festival’s website at www.hhbgf.org. We’re happy to announce that the Foundation will be hosting the 2nd Annual Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival ove Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4, 2017. We learned a lot from …

Announcing the Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival

Heather Carter Community, Event, Volunteer

Join us for the First Annual Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival September 2-5, 2016 Labor Day Weekend www.hhbgf.org  Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation is proud to announce the Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival coming to Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale, WA over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5, 2016. Presented by: Whatcom Parks & Recreation Foundation Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Department 5 Starr Jams Highlights of the Festival: Two stages with live music and entertainment from 11am -8pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4th  Nationally-recognized Bluegrass bands, emerging artists from across the country, and plenty of top-notch local talent. The festival grounds will open for camping on Friday at noon, and will remain open until Monday afternoon (Labor Day.) Craft and food vendors Beer Garden Instrument Picking Contests Insturment and vocal workshops Informal jam areas Children’s entertainment and activities This event will bring together bluegrass fans from across the region and give Whatcom residents the opportunity to enjoy and experience a wide range of live Bluegrass music right here in our county. Hovander Homestead Park provides the perfect atmosphere for a music festival, with Mount Baker providing a stunning backdrop for all of the festivities. Proceeds from the Hovander Homestead Bluegrass …

Summer Park Challenge 2016

Heather Carter Uncategorized

Take the 2016 Summer Park Challenge! Did you know that July is National Parks and Recreation Month? To show our support, we are issuing a challenge to all Whatcom County residents: who can visit the most parks or trails in Whatcom County this summer? In 2015, the top team recorded visits to 22 parks using our official paper entry form.  This year we are raising the bar and making it even easier to enter with our new mobile app!   The Rules: Visits must take place between Sunday, June 19 and Monday, September 5, 2016. Download the Summer Park Challenge App  for Android or Apple from the AppyPie Marketplace or download the  Summer Parks Challenge 2016 Entry Form For App users: open the app and open the Enter Here tab.  Fill out and submit the park/trail visit form to record your visits. For Form users: Fill out the information for each park visit. All parks count – city, county, state, national parks, and designated public open space throughout Whatcom County. When you are finished, mail or scan and email your form to info@wprfoundation.org All entries are on the honor system. We believe in you! Top prizes will be awarded for the most …

Amazing Volunteers!

Heather Carter Uncategorized

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! Tom Day Almost any day of the …