And we’re off. On the week of January 9th we started off by spreading “some” mulch! Bellingham Parks provides us with a fresh supply of mulch to cover up the exposed dirt and help keep the invasive species back. The mulch also does wonders beautifying the area, with a natural feel. This is the highly trafficked entrance to the Hundred Acre Wood from 18th Street near Fairhaven Park & Padden Creek Apartment complexes.
Going up the trail.
Our new access trail into the amphitheater shoots off to the right behind the orange fencing.
Approaching the intersection of our two trails. If you take a left, you’ll pass our rock bench and cross our boardwalk as you enter the GATEWAY TO THE CHUCKANUTS! Go right and you’ll end up in Fairhaven Park, after you pass our Native Plant Garden.
A closer look at the Amphitheater access trail.
What may look like piles of dirt and rock is about to be transformed by Chris Mellick.
Gravel and rocks will all find their right place in the outdoor classroom.
The budget for this project was substantial. The cost of the materials pictured below is nothing to shake a stick at!
Gravel and sandstone lays a solid foundation for the adventure trail.
The rocks are starting to find their places in the creek bed as it gets built to replicate a natural setting.
January 10th, 2023 – Taking it to the next level. The main wall takes shape in place.
Dig. Stack. Fill. Stack. Fill. Repeat.
We like to do things differently. Mellick solidly places this natural sandstone solidly on the edge of the wall to bring an element of nature to the manufactured block.
Looking good! More to go…
The next wall will become the border for our Amphitheater’s Rock Stage and Pavillion. Mellick gets down to make sure the base layer is straight and level.
A broader perspective of the evolving job site.
All covered up and ready to head home for the night.
Bright and early the next morning- another load of mulch!!
Moving the mulch to cover exposed dirt and class the place up a bit.
Our big mulch berm was part of our stormwater control plan.
The mulch berm extends around the back of the rock stage area.
By the end of the day the mulch pile was GONE and the space left nice and clean. Thumbs UP!
Snapshot in time of the materials waiting to find a place in our puzzle.
A mulched rock trail provides a nice contrast of colors.
The creek bend looking into the amphitheater
The future amphitheater
The new ADA access trail from 18th Street.
Looking down the trail into the evolving space
What a transformation in Week Two. On to Week Three
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.