You are invited to join Recreation Northwest at the Fairhaven Park Upper Pavilion on Sunday, November 30th from 1:00pm – 2:00 pm.
Come learn about Recreation Northwest’s new Community Stewardship Program in Bellingham and how we are working with the City of Bellingham on a Trail Relocation project to improve access by re-routing the entrance trail from Fairhaven Park to reduce the increasing environmental impact.
You’ll have the opportunity to walk and talk with Todd Elsworth, Recreation Northwest’s Executive Director. He will provide an overview of our Stewardship Program; outline this project as Phase One in a larger long-term picture for the preservation and planning of the Chuckanut Community Forest; and offer options of how you can get involved and show your support.
Your support of this Phase One Trail Relocation project is appreciated and will ensure the success of the project. Recreation Northwest will have the ability to take your credit card donation or please bring your checkbook. If you are unable to attend, you may Donate to the effort online.
This is a great opportunity for community collaboration and we look forward to being a part of it. Please join us. We’ll see you on Sunday, November 30th at 1:00pm.
Wear boots- we’re going to walk in some mud! Join the Facebook Event.
Before & After (once we’re done)
2013 RD Summit Attendees
|Lance Romo||Bellingham Parks & Rec|
|Tjalling Ypma (TJ)||Race Director Liaison, GBRC|
|Candice Burt||Bellingham Trail Running Club|
|Sam Alexander||Klicks Running|
|Jen Gallant||Girls on the Run|
|Craig Bartlett||Fairhaven Runners|
|Heather Anderson & Kevin Douglas||50ks|
|Ryan Rickerts & Cisco Rodriguez||Cascade Cross|
|Jill Komoto||Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers|
|Bruce Burpee||Silver Lake Outdoor Festival|
|Ben Twigg & Aaron Hakeman||Bellingham Bay Marathon|
|Doug Schoonover||Mt Baker Bike Club|
|Dan Baharav||Bellingham Canoe & Kayak Sprint Team (BCKST)|
|Todd Elsworth||Recreation Northwest|
|Stacy Smith||The Firs 5k Fun Run|
|Cami Ostman||Blue Sky Education Project, Wind Horse Half|
|Lori McKnight||Arthritis Foundation, Jingle Bell Run|
|Rachel Tinnell||Lighthouse Mission, Agape Walk & 5k|
|Audrey Johnson||Run for Refuge|
|Al Coyle||Flora Lake Padden Trail Half|
|Tamalyn Kralman||CROP Hunger Walk for Church World Service|
|Stewart Bowmer||Shuksan Velo Club, Northshore Road Race|
|Heather Romano||Skagit Runners|
|Joseph & Shawna Tompkins||Tulip Run|
HEALTH & WELLNESS
OUTFITTERS & TOURS
STEWARDSHIP & OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC)
Mt. Baker Club
Nooksack Nordic Ski Club
North Cascades Institute
Community Boating Center
Nooksack Wild and Scenic
Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation
Whatcom Land Trust
Bellingham Parks and Recreation RACES
Northwest Traverse Multi-Sport Series (Winthrop-North Bend -Bellingham)
Bellingham KIDS Traverse
San Juan Island Quest & Kulshan Quest Adventure Races
Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC)
Bellingham Bay Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Whatcom Events (Ski to Sea, Tour de Whatcom & Muds to Suds)
Run Like a Girl Half Marathon
Hamster Endurance Running
Total Health Events (Birch Bay Road Race & Heroes Half)
Cascade Cross & Bellingham BMX
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.