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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Recreation Northwest Leads Trail-Building Effort in Fairhaven Park
Non-profit organization serves as Fairhaven Park Steward, in partnership with
City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation.
BELLINGHAM, Wash., October 27, 2014—Recreation Northwest is leading an effort to build a new trail in Fairhaven Park in Bellingham, Washington, replacing an existing trail that passes through vulnerable wetlands. The current trail’s location and increasingly heavy use is causing damage to the land and watershed. The new trail will connect Fairhaven Park to 18th Street off of Fairhaven Parkway in Phase 1 of the approach.
As park steward, Recreation Northwest has been leading volunteer work parties to maintain and improve trails in the forest, which is home to sections of its Bellingham Traverse and Kulshan Quest Adventure Race courses. The organization agreed to take on the trail-building project after Executive Director Todd Elsworth learned that the City of Bellingham’s budget lacked the necessary funding.
“We saw a great opportunity to demonstrate our mission of promoting outdoor recreation, and bringing people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play,” said Elsworth. “We are excited to collaborate with our team of professionals, the City of Bellingham’s Parks and Recreation Department, and Public Works to relocate this popular trail out of the wetland to higher ground, to protect the surrounding landscape and provide greater accessibility for all.”
“Recreation is so important for health and well-being of our residents, and it adds to the quality of life that we all enjoy here,” said Roxanne Murphy, Bellingham City Council Parks and Recreation Committee Chairperson. “This trail improvement will be ideal for our athletes and families, alike, and developing it in an environmentally-sustainable way will also be in the best interest of everyone and everything.”
To fund the project, Recreation Northwest recently kicked off a fundraising campaign, with a goal to raise $30,000. The organization has secured valuable commitments of support from Gerry Wilbour of Northwest Trails, Inc.; Perry Welch of Welch Ecological Services; Andrew Law of Wilson Engineering; and Brent Cowden of Cowden Gravel. Bellingham Parks and Recreation staff have also been instrumental in helping secure necessary applications and permits, and meeting various requirements.
Once Phase 1 of the project is completed, Recreation Northwest plans to continue improving trails throughout the forest, participate in long-term planning concerning the park and connect it to forest land recently acquired by the City of Bellingham, known historically as the 100 Acre Wood, Fairhaven Highlands and the Chuckanut Community Forest.
Recreation Northwest believes that the site will provide the opportunity to create an regionally recognized example of logical, thoughtful and sustainable recreational land-use design for our community.
About Recreation Northwest
Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, Washington–based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation, and bringing people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, we work to raise awareness of our public green spaces and their inhabitants, including one of the Northwest’s most revered symbols—the salmon. Recreation Northwest produces the Northwest Traverse Multi-Sport Series, which celebrates the salmon’s journey and culminates each year with the Bellingham Traverse; the Quest Adventure Races; the Race Directors Summit; and the Recreation Northwest Conference and EXPO. Learn more at RecreationNorthwest.org.
Brandon Nelson, Guinness Book of World Record Holder- The farthest distance canoed or kayaked on flat water in 24 hours. On Aug. 20-21, Nelson officially went 244.42 km (or 151.87 miles). Local legend and dynamic speaker, Brandon Nelson, talks about his experience training and ACCOMPLISHING his amazing feat! It’s not to be missed.
Filmed at the 2014 Recreation Northwest EXPO.
Read full story of his accomplishment on Bellingham Herald.com – Nelson’s marathon paddle certified as world record by Guinness
7:00 pm Featured Speakers:
Heather Anderson, Pacific Crest Trail Self-Supported Fastest Time
Just before midnight on Aug. 7, Anderson completed the 2,655-mile PCT in 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes. Anderson is an ultramarathon runner and hiker who lives in Bellingham, and goes by the trail name “Anish” when she’s on a trek.
Filmed at the 2014 Recreation Northwest EXPO.
We had a strong showing out of the gate with our Fundraising Campaign for our Stewardship Program and the Fairhaven Park Trail Relocation Project. We’re currently at $18,000 and on our way to our goal of $30,000. We need your help.
Please consider how impactful your donation is to our organization in helping us seeing this project through to completion. Donate to the cause, today!
We are about to submit our Critical Areas Permit to the City of Bellingham to move to the next steps. Perry Welch, Welch Ecological Services, has prepared a comprehensive report that delineates the wetlands and gives us the solid footing we need to move this project forward. We appreciate his thoroughness and collaboration.
The current state of the trail is shown on the left side of the photo below, once completed, the trail will appear as it does on the right side. The relocated trail will provide easy access between Fairhaven Park and 18th Street. This is a step in the right direction.
For more context:
Community Stewardship Project – Fairhaven Park and the Community Forest - The big picture
Recreation Northwest as Community Stewards of Fairhaven Park – The background
Update on Trail Relocation Project – Community Stewardship campaign Oct. 2nd update on Partners and Contractors.
If you need some more convincing, please enjoy this heartfelt plea to give.
You are invited to the Second Annual Race Directors Summit. We convene local race directors to get our Recreation Northwest Event Calendar ironed out and some issues addressed. We are here to serve the Race Director Community by bringing people together to connect and share, so we can all manage our events more professionally. It’s Free and Fun.
Recreation Northwest’s Race Director Summit 2014
Thursday, November 17th, 2014
Best Western Lakeway Inn
5:00pm: Happy Hour in Northwest Room
6:00pm: Convene in the Mt Baker Room
6:05pm: Welcome and Introductions
6:15pm: Basecamp Bellingham
6:30pm: 2015 Recreation Northwest Event Calendar
6:45pm: State of the Union
7:00pm: Participant Code of Conduct
7:20pm: Future Topics for Summit and EXPO/Conference
8:00pm: Spill out in Northwest Room
Race Directors Summit for full agenda details.
Hope to see you there!
Todd Elsworth, Executive Director
The newly remodeled Lakeway Inn where we’ll kick off and finish up!