Birchwood Neighborhood Park

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

This agreement is for the acquisition of 4.8 acres for a neighborhood park to serve a residential area with few park amenities. The site is located on a neighborhood trail that is part of a proposed major multi-use trail. The service area is transitional single family residential moving toward higher density residential with few recreational opportunities and no neighborhood park. Future development of the site will feature a playground, picnic facilities, restroom, basketball court, open turf area and limited off street parking. Surveys have indicated a deficit of neighborhood park amenities in the area for 20 years.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bellingham Parks & Rec Dept Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $159,184.00 Applicant Match: $200,816.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 96-1221

Location Details

Take the "Northwest Ave." exit off I-5 coming from the south. Curve immediately left, turn left at the stop sign onto Northwest Ave. At intersection with Birchwood turn right and veer left immediately onto Cedarwood Ave. Property is in the middle of the first block, on Cedarwood before Firwood.

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.