Recreation Northwest

Fairhaven Park


Background: Recreation Northwest is a Park Steward for Fairhaven Park. Working in partnership with city staff, we have chosen to focus on trail relocation projects in Fairhaven Park- working towards connecting the park with the forest.   

Upcoming Work Parties


Sunday – March 26th – 11:00am – 1:00pm
Planting & mulching

Please sign-up and let us know you are coming
Work parties will be capped at 20 volunteers


A little history…

Phase One Complete: Pictured below LEFT is the previous trail that went through the wetland. Below to the RIGHT is the new trail alignment with an accessible trail for all to enjoy. 


Dig Deeper: Phase ONE – That’s a WRAP!

Help Out: Have a Hand in Building the Fairhaven Park Trail and  Boardwalk.

Phase Two
: Here are photos of the next area to work on fixing and the proposed new route through the lush forest canopy on the right.

Phase-two-mud Phase-two-route

Phase Two will be connecting our successful new trail to the forest- currently accessed via a trail that crosses the wetland and becomes a 25-foot-wide swath of mud (seen above left).

The rerouted trail will connect with the network of trails in the forest. These sustainable trail improvements will eliminate sedimentation and allow water to flow freely, enabling the wetland to function in its natural state. 

We are proud to be working to relocate unsanctioned trails through fragile wetlands in this special urban forest. The new trails will connect this popular park and forest. The trails will be built to city specifications allowing increased and enjoyable access for people as well as protecting this important habitat for wildlife and the ecology of the forest.

Click for a printer friendly PDF map.

Click for a printer friendly PDF map.

Special Thanks to our professional Trail TEAM:
Gerry Wilbour, NW Trails
Perry Welch, Welch Environmental
Andy Law, Wilson Engineering
Chris Webb, Herrera Environmental Consultants
Jim LaHatt, LaHatt Engineering
City of Bellingham, Parks and Recreation
Chris Mellick, RRAD

Our Generous Donors.
See our list of our supporters: Phase One Trail Stewardship Project Donors.

We especially thank the Bellingham-Fairhaven Lions Club, Satterberg Foundation, Patagonia FoundationBrio Laundry, Alcoa Intalco Works and Stones Throw Brewery.



Satterberg Foundation



Brio Laundry

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More Information:

Campaign Kickoff (5.20.16) Have a Hand in Building the Fairhaven Park Trail and Wetland Boardwalk

Help Out: Have a Hand in Building the Fairhaven Park Trail and  Boardwalk.





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