Squalicum Creek Trail

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

Bellingham Parks and Recreation developed nearly 1.5 miles of trail in the Squalicum Creek corridor, which is part of the proposed Nooksack Loop Trail – a 45 mile regional trail that will connect Bellingham to Ferndale, Everson, and Lynden. This trail is also a segment of the regional Bay-to-Baker trail. Work included converting an abandoned railroad grade into a trail. The completed project connects neighborhoods to two parks and a regional health care campus, and provides a safe, grade-separated crossing under Interstate 5. This is the first phase of a trail that will eventually connect Bellingham’s waterfront to the city limits. The primary recreational purpose is non-motorized trail use including walking, jogging and biking.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bellingham Parks & Rec Dept Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $499,999.99 Applicant Match: $1,215,914.00 Project Type: Development County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 14-1419

Location Details

From Olympia, take Interstate 5 North Take the Meridian St/WA-539 N exit, EXIT 256A-B, toward Bellis Fair-Mall Pkwy. Take the Meridian St/WA-539 N exit, EXIT 256A, toward Lynden. Turn left onto WA-539/Meridian St. Continue to follow Meridian St. 3424 MERIDIAN ST is on the left. Parking is located at the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation office in Cornwall Park Your destination is just past Birchwood Ave If you reach Squalicum Pkwy you've gone a little too far

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.