Please Take the Parks and Recreation Community Survey
We need your help! Public feedback on the Parks & Recreation Community Survey will ensure that the update to Bellingham’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan accurately reflects the needs and wants of our growing community both now and into the future.
Every six years the State Recreation and Conservation Office requires cities to update their PRO Plans to compete for grants. Bellingham’s last major update was 2014, with minor changes made in 2016 as part of the larger update to the Comprehensive Plan. This update will include new park inventory and maps, strategies for prioritizing improvements, public surveys and feedback, and incorporating goals regarding asset management and recreation programming.
Public work sessions with the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and Greenways Advisory Committee will be held on various topics throughout the summer, with preliminary drafts due in the Fall.
As a docketed Comprehensive Plan amendment, this project requires legislative review by the Planning Commission and City Council. The State of Washington deadline for completion and submittal of the updated plan is March 1, 2020.
Regular updates will be forthcoming as the process continues. Thanks for your participation!
For more information, see the project website.
Nicole Oliver, Parks Development Manager
Parks & Recreation Department
Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.
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