By Heidi Holmes
2015 was another growing year for the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District (BBBPRD2). The district partnered with the city of Blaine on two major projects. In October 2015, the district proudly helped commission a new pirate-themed ship playground to Blaine Marine Park. Funding was provided to jumpstart a much-needed indoor play space for the Blaine Boys & Girls Club. The pavilion building will also be available starting in 2016 for programs and activities sponsored by the district.
The district partnered with other local groups and organizations this year and was a major sponsor in the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce summer programs. The district gave a grant to provide a children’s musical program at the Peace Arch International Art and Music Festival held at Peace Arch Park last summer. The district set aside funds to assist with the development of the Birch Bay Community Park on Birch Bay Drive.
A new program added to the activity center in 2015 is a fitness workout class called POUND Fitness. This new class provides a full body cardio workout combining Pilates-based moves and drumming. The class is offered twice a week at the gym and free childcare is provided.
The Birch Bay Activity Center now offers kids after-school programming three days a week, where children can participate in games and activities after school in the gym. Other activities such as Zumba, pickleball, line dance, yoga and karate continue to be well-participated classes.
BBBPRD2 continues to build its summer programming and the biggest splash this summer was partnering with the Birch Bay Waterslides to offer half-price admission day camps to kids in our community.
The district continues to make headway connecting the Blaine-Birch Bay community by securing two property easements in Birch Bay to help develop a trail that will get pedestrians and bicyclists off the busy Drayton Harbor Road.