Birch Bay Beach Park Development

Category Overview

Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.

Project Highlights

Located in the very heart of the Birch Bay community in Blaine, Washington, this development project will complete the initial improvement phase of Birch Bay Beach Park. Proposed improvements include street frontage improvements, pedestrian walkways, picnic tables, enhanced landscaping, signage, and large open flexible grass areas needed to accommodate a wide variety of day use activities and to also stage several large community events. The proposed improvements will promote more public use and enjoyment of the park property, while also better accommodating the many community events that are held on the site currently including the Kite Festival, Sandcastle Competition, Discovery Days, Rollback Days. Future development phases will include parking, public restrooms, picnic shelter and a nature inspired playground.  

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whatcom County Parks & Rec Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $ 305,868.00 Applicant Match: $ 101,957.00 Project Type: Development County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1668

Location Details

Drive north on Interstate 5, 14 miles north of Bellingham. Take Exit 270 toward Lynden / Birch Bay Road and turn left. Drive west on Lynden / Birch Bay Road for 4.0 miles. Turn left onto Harborview Road for 0.2 miles then turn left on Birch Bay Drive. Birch Bay Park is 0.3 miles south, on the left-hand side of Birch Bay Drive.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.