Metalworks Skate Park (Ferndale, WA)

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 City of Ferndale will use this grant to develop an outdoor skate and bike park with landscaping and a restroom, south of downtown in Pioneer Park. Ferndale is one of the fastest growing cities in the state but has few recreational amenities for teenagers, aside from organized sports. With the planned improvements to the adjacent BMX park, this facility will improve the outlook for Ferndale‚Äôs youth. This park, tentatively titled “Metalworks Skate Park” will pay tribute to the community’s industrial heritage. Ferndale is home to the Cherry Point industrial businesses and an aluminum smelter, which employs hundreds of residents. Ferndale will contribute $68,480 in park impact fees.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Ferndale City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $ 450,980.00 Applicant Match: $ 68,480.00 Project Type: Development County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1787

Location Details

From Interstate Five: take Exit 262 (Main Street) and proceed west (take a right from either the northbound or southbound ramp) along Main Street towards the Ferndale City Center for approximately one mile. After crossing the Nooksack River take a left at the first light after the river (Second Avenue) and proceed to where the road ends in a large parking lot next to large outdoor ballfields and light standards. The proposed facility is immediately east of this parking lot, or on the driver's left when entering the parking lot.

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.