Fall is definitely in the air, and trees are beginning to show their colors. We hope you had a chance to get out to Blaine’s many diverse parks throughout the summer.
The biggest changes have occurred at Marine Park. Two new picnic shelters have been built and picnic tables replaced.
Another shelter will be rebuilt next year. The shelter project was a joint partnership with Northwest Park & Recreation District 2 and the Blaine parks board.
The Marine Park trail has been repaved plus the trails closest to the water are being extended past the Water Reclamation Facility.
The Salmon and letters on the Marine Park sign have been removed to be powder coated and will be reinstalled soon. The letters are deep gold and the Salmon are sparkly silver, all are outstanding, so make sure you take a look.
The Christensen family, in remembrance of their parents, has generously donated the funds for a Memorial Grove at Marine Park. This new garden is just before the Water Reclamation Facility where you enter the park.
Please come, sit, contemplate and enjoy the surrounding beauty and new plantings. A dedication ceremony will be held next spring. Thank you for this most appreciated addition.
The Whatcom Council of Governments has awarded a grant of $120,000 to the city of Blaine to pave the Peace Portal Trail from Cherry Street south to Bayview. This trail will meet all ADA standards. Construction should start in the spring and be completed in the summer of 2011.
The district played a key role in making this trail a reality and funded the first stages. Our long term goal is to partnership with the Park and Rec District to connect this trail to Dakota Creek and then further on to Birch Bay.
The Blaine Skateboard Park had new equipment installed in July, with a grand opening attended by many of the parks users.
The park has been a big draw all summer and the new equipment a most welcome addition since the removal of the older, deteriorated ramps.
The Dakota Creek Kayak Launch is our newest park addition which is being constructed on Runge Avenue. This project was also partially funded by the NWPRD2. The kayak launch is a high tide launch, so watch your tide tables.
The parking lot across the street from the launch will be completed this fall, weather permitting. A work party is scheduled Saturday, October 23 at 9 a.m. to complete the native landscaping.
The board has worked with the neighbors in the Brickyard area and produced a park plan and budgeted improvements for 2011.
The 7th Street Greenway Trail and is also scheduled to begin in 2011. This trail will be a welcome addition for school children as it winds through an open greenway free from traffic on the way to school.
Lincoln Park is our city's most undervalued park. It is a gem of an area right in the middle of town. We have been spending considerable time planning trails, driveways, activities etc. for this park and now it is the Blaine citizens turn for their input and for us to share our ideas with you.
Please come with your ideas to a community meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Blaine Library.
Hope to see you there!