Trail Dedication – May 9th, 2015

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Thanks to all who came out to celebrate the dedication of another segment of the Nooksack Loop Trail!

Patch and passport

Nooksack Loop Trail Commemorative Passport & Patch

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.

At 9:45 guests and board members headed up the trail to the dedication site, led by Rae Edwards, Volunteer Manager for Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department. Rae shared the department’s plans for the final construction phase of the park, gave an overview of the environmentally- friendly elements built into the design, like the erosion control methods in place around the creek, and educated the crowd on local flora and fauna along the trail.  Guests also had the opportunity to work on a photo scavenger hunt while walking in the park on on the trail.  Competition was fierce to capture the best photo of an insect in flight!  Congratulations to co-winners Scott Blume and Kyle Brown, who each won a $15 Starbucks gift card!

At the dedication site, the group paused to hear about the City’s plans to extend this trail system within Bellingham city limits, eventually working to develop all of the proposed trail in the Nooksack Loop Trail plan from the eastern to the western edge of the city’s borders.  Daniel Tepper, WPRF Board President and James King, Director of the Bellingham Park and Recreation Department, cut the ceremonial ribbon held by Mike McFarlane, Director of Whatcom County Parks and Recreation and Gary Jensen, Mayor of Ferndale.

The walk continued down to the Little Squalicum Park parking lot, where walkers enjoyed additional refreshments before heading back up the trail to Squalicum Creek Park.

Daniel Tepper and James King cuting the ribbon

Daniel Tepper and James King cuting the ribbon

Interpretive sign of the Willow Creek restoration project.

Interpretive sign of the Willow Creek restoration project.

Rae Edwards leading the interpretive walk

Rae Edwards leading the interpretive walk

Crowd gathered at the dedication site

Crowd gathered at the dedication site

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our partners!

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