The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation hosts a variety of events each year. Here is a short recap of some of our recent events:
2015 Event & Program Highlights
December 9, 2015: Holiday Mixer & Award Ceremony
Many friends, old and new, joined in the Foundation’s 8th annual Holiday Mixer at the Roeder Home. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2015 William Dittrich Award to Brian Griffin. Read more about Brian Griffin and his decades of service to our local parks and public spaces HERE
Make a Difference Day: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Volunteers from througout the County joined together with WPRF board members to work on some much-needed trail maintenance at Hovander Homestead Park. Special thanks to the Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park, David and Vick McLain, and Boy Scout Troop 28 from Lynden. [View Photo Gallery]
Summer Walk & Tour Series
August 4, 2015: Roeder Home & Broadway Park Tree Tour
Over 65 enthusiastic folks join in the walk, and even picked up a few more interested passersby as the tour progressed through the park. After the walk, everyone returned to the Roeder Home for self-guided tours, cookies and lemonade, and some good conversation with our Foundation board members and fellow guests.
Special thanks to John Wesselink for leading our tour! John shared a lot of knowledge in a fun and friendly manner. Thanks, John! We hope that we can team up for another walk/tour soon. [Photos & More]
June 30, 2015: Big Rock Garden Park Tour
Rae Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, led a dynamic tour around Big Rock Garden Park. Sharing the history of the park and showcasing many of the unusual plants and trees in the garden, Rae gave guests a true ‘insiders’ tour. Thanks to Rae Edwards, City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, and the Friends of Big Rock Garden for your support.
June 5, 2015: The Parks & Partners Auction
It was a beautiful afternoon at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham. The sun was shining, a gentle breeze blowing, and a surprise cruise-by of the annual Bellingham Naked Bike Ride. True recreationists in action! Kelly’s O’Deli kept our guests fueled during the silent auction with delicious appetizers and dessert, and Boundary Bay generously provided 2 varieties of beer for guests to enjoy on our sunny spring afternoon.
Thanks to all of our sponsors, supporters, and invited guests who help us raise over $12,000 to support the Foundation continue in our mission tot promote and encourage public and private support for parks, trails, recreational opportunities, and natural resources in Whatcom County, its cities, and communities. The Foundation was proud announce the award of a total of $2,650 to five community park and recreation projects through generous donations made to the Helping Hand Grant Fund. [Photos & More]
May 9, 2015: Nooksack Loop Trail: dedication of the Squalicum Creek to Little Squalicum trail section
A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at Squalicum Creek Park on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 to mark the official opening of another segment of the Nooksack Loop Trail.
Starbucks at the Meridian Haggen provided fresh coffee, and the Foundation provided additional refreshments. Guests gathered at the new Squalicum Creek Picnic Shelter at 9am to socialize, talk about the future of the Trail, and get their commemorative Nooksack Loop Trail Passports stamped with the new stamp marking the Squalicum Creek Park to Little Squalicum Park segment dedication. [Photos & More]
2014 Washington State Trails Conference
October 16-18, 2014
WPRF proudly served as the local host organization for the conference, organized by the Washington State Trails Coalition. Over 300 trail professionals attended the event for two full days of networking and breakout sessions. Highlights of the conference included two keynote speakers, pre- and post- tours organized by WPRF in partnership with the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, and the Whatcom chapter of the Back Country Horsemen. The highlight of the conference was the party that WPRF hosted at the Whatcom Museum – Old City Hall on Friday, October 17th.
Summer Event Series 2014
- Guided walk on Chuckanut Ridge, aka “100 Acre Woods”, July 8th, 2014
- Overview if the Squalicum Creek Trail extension project, and guided walk along proposed route, July 22nd, 2014
- WPRF Community Picnic and 25th Anniversary Celebration, August 5, 2014
First Segment of the Nooksack Loop Trail Dedication
The River Walk at Hovander Park, Saturday, May 17th, 2014
Over 100 Whatcom area residents joined the WPRF, the Nooksack Loop Trail Committee, and Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department for the dedication of the Hovander River Walk trail, the first official segment of the Nooksack Loop Trail. Jack Louws, County Executive and Gary Jensen, Mayor of Ferndale, were on hand to cut the ribbon with WPRF Board President Daniel Tepper. Participants walked from Pioneer Park on the west side of the Nooksack River, across the bridge to the boat Launch for the ribbon cutting, then down the trail into Hovander Park for a community reception.
Parks: The Next Generation Silent Auction and Social
Northwood Hall, Bellingham November 8, 2013
With just over 100 of our members and supporters in attendance, the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation raised an over $12,000 at our first silent auction and evening social. The evening featured brief project updates from local park agencies and an address by keynote speaker Todd Warger, writer and director of the wawrd-winning documentary The Mountain Runners about the first Mount Baker Marathons run in the early part of the 20th century.
Many thanks to our event sponsors: