Comment session on new Birch Bay park this Saturday


Plans are in the works for a new Birch Bay park. The public can weigh in on this subject this Saturday, August 6. Photo by Oliver Lazenby.

By Oliver Lazenby

Want to share your ideas for Birch Bay’s new park?

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation staff will hold the first of three planning meetings for the Birch Bay Community Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road.

The meeting will focus on gathering ideas and community input.

The project’s designer, Droll Architects, of Lacey, will attend but won’t present designs for the park.

“This is really about getting community thoughts,” said Rod Lamb, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation planning and development supervisor. “It’s a brainstorming session.”

The county’s goals for the property include parking, restrooms, picnic areas and open space to host community events, according to a press release.

Droll Architects is under contract with the county to finish the park’s design by the end of the year.

The county and architect will present several initial designs for the park at a second meeting at 6 p.m., August 31, also at the Birch Bay Community Church.

The park property is a flat, grassy 4.1 acres the county bought for $2.5 million in 2014 with money from its Conservation Futures Fund. The park is just north of the Birch Bay Visitor Information Center.

Lamb said in an interview in June that construction on the park probably won’t start until after the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Project, also known as the Birch Bay Berm, is finished in spring 2018.

For more information contact Rod Lamb, design and development supervisor by calling  360/778-5850.

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