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

The Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Department will use this grant to develop 13.2 acres in Birch Bay’s central business district. The site includes forests, tidelands, and waterfront. Once developed, this day-use area will allow residents and visitors to safely park, picnic, and access the Birch Bay beach and tidelands. Whatcom County will contribute more than $1 million in cash and a voter-approved levy.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whatcom County Parks & Rec Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $ 500,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 1,066,000.00 Project Type: Development County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1992

Location Details

Drive north on Interstate 5, 14 miles north of Bellingham. Take exit 270 toward Lynden / Birch Bay Road and turn left onto Lynden / Birch Bay Road. 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 Beach 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.