Squalicum Fields Development Phase 1

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 scope of this project is to improve Squalicum Fields as a major athletic field and park complex with supporting functions. Specifically, phase one focuses on design and construction of one irrigated youth baseball ball field with 350 foot outfield, field drainage and irrigation, back stop, fencing, spectator seating, walkways, parking, access drive, park signage, stream enhancement, landscaping and other features. The 2002 Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan (PRO) identifies a need for 12 new youth and adult softball and baseball fields to meet future population growth requirements and to meet the needs of local residents. At this time we have a deficit of baseball fields for youth teams 12 years and older. Currently, sixty 12 and under youth baseball share two (2) unlighted fields and 25 youth baseball teams 2 and over use three city high school ballfields. This project, when complete, will provide an additional five (5) games per week and weekend games for both age groups. Other future phases will include two (2) additional lighted softball fields with dugouts, open ended multi-use lawn areas, picnicking, playgrounds, additional restrooms, pedestrian circulation, stormwater treatment, and salmon habitat enhancement, additional parking and pavilion.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bellingham City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $300,000.00 Applicant Match: $692,063.00 Project Type: Development County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 04-1444

Location Details

Exit I-5 at Exit #256. Turn left/South on Meridian Street. After c. 1/2 mile, turn right/West on Squalicum Way. Proceed c. 1 mile to site.

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.