Sunnyland Neighborhood Park Acq.

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 proposal is to acquire a neighborhood park in one of the older Bellingham neighborhoods. The Sunnyland neighborhood is centrally located in Bellingham, but lies on the edge of an industrial area. The neighborhood is rebounding from years of decline as young families move into the area, seeking affordable, conveniently located housing. In 1996, during the update of their neighborhood plan, Sunnyland residents expressed a need for a park in the core of their neighborhood – the closest existing parks are located on the other side of busy arterial streets. The identified project site as the last pleasant open site available for a park in the neighborhood. In 1999, neighborhood residents applied for and received a Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Initiative Program Grant so that the City of Bellingham could purchase the site. The site was acquired in May 2000 under a waiver of retroactivity. This acquisition will provide a much needed park and stimulate other improvements in an otherwise unserved neighborhood. The City has committed funds to augment the acquisition reimbursement and the park can be developed in 2002.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bellingham Parks & Rec Dept Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: 105867.19 Applicant Match: 105867.19 Project Type: Acquisition County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 01-1180

Location Details

From I-5 northbound take Iowa Street exit (NO. 254) and turn left/west at light. Proceed 5 blocks on Iowa Street to Humbolt Steet. Turn right on Humbolt and proceed north 3 1/2 blocks to park site, on right.

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.