I am writing to ask for your Support of Recreation Northwest and our new Community Stewardship Program. Please donate to our campaign to help us launch our new program. Our goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of the month. We have already raised over $10,000 towards our goal in our first week. Donate on RecreationNorthwest.org or via our social tool – Fundly.
In January, Recreation Northwest volunteered to City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation to become stewards of Fairhaven Park. We planned to host trail work parties- to take better care of the trails we use for the Traverse Trail Run and take care of this special place. But this wasn’t enough, I soon found out.
We were asked by members of the community to lead the preservation/planning efforts for the trails in the forest. I said, “How can we help?” The most pressing need was to move Fairhaven Park access trails out of the wetlands to stop “loving the park to death” as we continue to tromp through the mud into the woods.
Working in partnership with city staff, we determined the best place to start. Together, we have chosen to focus on a Trail Relocation project from Fairhaven Park- working towards connecting the park with the recently purchased Chuckanut Community Forest. This is a Phase ONE step towards protecting the rich biological diversity of the urban habitat and offering public access to enjoy this bounty of nature.
Learning new things, doing meaningful work and making a difference is important to me. I am fortunate that I have the support of our Board, April and our volunteers at Recreation Northwest. *Our mission: We promote outdoor recreation and bring people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. We recently received our 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt status from the IRS. This status enables us to work on special projects that provide value to our community and for you to be able to write-off your donation.
Please consider donating $50 to our efforts.
Donate on RecreationNorthwest.org or via our social tool – Fundly.
If you’d prefer to mail a check: Recreation Northwest, PO Box 2771 Bellingham, WA 98227
Please, let me know if you have any questions. 360-739-8458
Here’s a sneak peek at the approximate trail:
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.