Community June 26, 2023

Exploring Bellingham – Parks Guide

Bellingham features a collection of parks that truly embody the essence of the Pacific Northwest. These parks serve as havens for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.  They offer a variety of spaces for family, friends, and neighbors to come together and share experiences and time together. There are full sport courts, miles of hiking trails, and beautiful lakes to swim. Check the list below and find a park to visit this weekend!

Boulevard Park is located on Bellingham Bay along South State Street and Bay View Drive in the South Hill Neighborhood. The park is a favorite among locals for sunsets (and sunrises!), walks, and beautiful pictures. Its facilities include a boardwalk, playground, picnic tables, barbecues, a performance stage, trails, pocket beaches, and a Woods Coffee right on the water!

In the Samish Neighborhood at 4882 Samish Way, this 745-acre picturesque park provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, running, paddling, swimming, horseback riding, and even golfing. Experience the sights and sounds of nature while hiking through an established urban forest. Meander along the lakeside trail and take in the local wildlife.

This 25-acre park, located at 4510 Cordata Parkway is filled with activities and adventure for everyone. From accessible playgrounds to the state’s first outdoor parkour course and a paved pump track. The park also includes bridges and trails that meander through the meadows for almost a mile and 14,000+ trees, shrubs and ground that support the areas wetlands and provide wildlife habitat.

Whatcom Falls Park is located at 1401 Electric Avenue in the Whatcom Falls Neighborhood. Best known for its namesake waterfall, there is so much to see here. Spend an hour or two exploring more than five miles of trail spread across 241 acres. With playgrounds, bike-friendly paths, and an off-leash dog area, Whatcom Falls Park is a great place for the whole family.

Bloedel Donovan Park is located at 2214 Electric Avenue in the Silver Beach Neighborhood. The park features grilling stations, roped off swim area, playground and open lawn areas. There is also a 4 lane boat launch so bring your boat to explore the lake or enjoy it on a paddle board or kayak! The new swim docks are also watched over by a lifeguard during the summer months.

Entering the park from Chuckanut Drive on the hillside is a large grassy field with plenty of room to run, roll and kick a ball and a playground. During the warm summer months, there is a splash park for the kids to enjoy and once you are done there you can jump on the trails to explore along the creek and waterfalls all the way down to historic downtown Fairhaven!

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