Frank Geri Complex – Field 4

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 project will develop a lighted softball field with supporting parking, restrooms, and spectator furnishings. The project is the final field in a 4-field complex. The main objective is to address the ongoing growth in softball field demand, currently not being met due to a cap on the number of teams. The site is within a major community park which includes a baseball stadium, multipurpose sports stadium, indoor swimming pool, proposed ice rink, on site trails and walkways with access to a proposed major trail system. Extensive community involvement includes passage of a bond issue in 1978 which funded the first 3 fields, a 1980 overall park master plan and a 1995 Council appointed Citizen Task force which ranked this as a high priority of the improvements needed at Civic Field Park. The final design and construction documents are 90% complete with minor revisions needed for bidding.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bellingham Parks & Rec Dept Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $250,000.00 Applicant Match: $395,933.36 Project Type: Development County: Whatcom Legislative District: 40 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 96-1178

Location Details

Take the Lakeway Ave. exit off northbound I-5. Turn left (east) on Lakeway. Proceed 1/4 mile and turn left on Orleans. Turn right in front of Civic Stadium and left on Puget Street. Geri4 field site is located approximately 1/8 mile north of Civic Stadium in the cleared area on the left. The Frank Geri Complex Fields 1-3 are immediately adjacent down the hill to the north.

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.