South Bay Trail – Missing Link

Category Overview

Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.

Project Highlights

This project will develop a critical shoreline trail segment, which is part of the 70-mile long Coast Millennium Trail and the City of Bellingham’s urban trail system. 0.46 mile of new trail will be constructed to fill the gap in the existing South Bay Trail and provide a grade separated crossing from the active Burlington Northern Rail line with both AMTRAK and freight traffic. The trail will be 12′ wide and is designed for users with both daily and leisure time travel needs. The project will redevelop and restore an historic dock and over water railroad trestle. The trail will provide access to unique natural features along Bellingham Bay and will serve as a non-motorized bypass around roadway, railway and topographic barriers. It links neighborhoods in south Bellingham with a saltwater beach and an existing waterfront community park. The upland property portion of this project was acquired with an IAC grant and the existing portion of the South Bay Trail utilized IAC and ISTEA funds.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bellingham Parks & Rec Dept Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $800,000.00 Applicant Match: $1,310,197.00 Project Type: Development County: Whatcom Legislative District: 40 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 02-1332

Location Details

From I-5 northbound, take Old Fairhaven Parkway, SR 11 exit. Turn left and head west at the of-ramp. Turn right at the stoplight at 12th Street. Proceed north to Taylor Avenue and turn left. Go one block to 10th Street. Project site will be directly in front of you to the south, or left of the Chrysallis Inn.

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.