Our friends and the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation are hosting a dedication for the Nooksack Loop Trail. See details below:
From WPRF Press Release:
The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Ferndale, and the Nooksack Loop Trail committee will host a trail dedication and reception on May 17th, 2014 for the Hovander River Walk, the first segment of the Nooksack Loop Trail. The community celebration will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a walk down the new trail segment. An informal reception will follow at Hovander Park.
The public is invited to participate in any or all parts of the dedication and walk. Meet at the bandstand in Pioneer Park at 9:30 am for a walk along the Centennial River Walk and through the Ferndale Farmer’s Market. The group will cross over the river to the Nooksack River Boat Launch for the official ribbon cutting and trail dedication ceremony at 10:30 am. Gary Jensen, Mayor of Ferndale, will be present to dedicate the trail as well as Jack Louws, County Executive and Kelli Linville, Mayor of Bellingham.
The inaugural trail hike will take place directly after the ribbon cutting. Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation will host a reception at the Hovander Park picnic shelter, featuring a performance by The Penny Stinkers, with refreshments provided by Rocket Donuts and The Woods Coffee. Trail, open space, and park citizen groups will also host a recreation resource information fair. In case of rain, the dedication and all festivities will take place at the Hovander Picnic Shelter.
Said WPRF President Daniel Tepper, “This dedication marks a milestone and important first step in the story of the Nooksack Loop Trail. We hope the citizens of Whatcom County will join us as we celebrate this segment, and in our goal to see the completion of the Nooksack Loop Trail.”
The WPRF partners with park agencies throughout Whatcom County to create a link between citizen-driven initiatives and their local park systems. The Nooksack Loop Trail is one current initiative being advanced by the Foundation. The vision of the Nooksack Loop Trail is to connect Whatcom County via an approximate 45-mile trail loop, providing a non-motorized transportation corridor connecting the communities of Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, and Everson.
The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation promotes and encourages public and private support for parks, trails, and recreational opportunities throughout Whatcom County, its cities, and communities. For more information about the River Dike Trail Dedication at Hovander Park, the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation, and the Nooksack Loop Trail, please visit
www.wprfoundation.org or direct email to . For more information about Hovander Park, contact the Whatcom County Parks Department, www.co.whatcom.wa.us or (360) 733-2900. For more information about Pioneer Park or other parks in the City of Ferndale, please contact the City of Ferndale, www.cityofferndale.org or (360) 384-4302.
Hovander River Walk dedication info
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.