Current Development and Maintenance Projects

  1. Birch Bay Community Park Master Planning

    Whatcom County recently purchased 4.1 acres in Birch Bay. In 2016 we will begin the conceptual planning and design for the development of a community park with beach access, parking and public restrooms.

  2. Canyon Lake Community Forest Access Road Repair

    In 2008 a landslide limited public access to Canyon Lake Community Forest. Since that time the department has been evaluating better access opportunities. It was determined that repairing the current access road was the only viable option and work is scheduled to begin in 2016.

  3. Hovander Homestead Park Roof Replacements

    This spring several structures at Hovander Homestead Park are scheduled to have roofs replaced. The roofs will be replaced with like roofs to maintain the character of these historically registered buildings.

  4. Lake Whatcom Reconveyance

    Learn about the plans for the land that was recently give to Whatcom county from the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

  5. Lighthouse Boat Launch Renovation

    Discover the plans that the Parks and Recreation Department has for renovating the Lighthouse Boat Dock as a part of the Boating Facilities Program.

  6. Lighthouse Marine Park Improvements

    Lighthouse Marine Park had more than 94,500 visitors in 2014. The 21 acre park has become known as one of the best places to view Orcas from the land. In 2015 work will begin to improve the boardwalk replacing the wooden structure with composite deck material. The playground will be upgraded to have a modern structure that blends with the natural environment.

  7. Nesset Farm House Restoration

    This early 1900's home is planned to be part of historical experience at South Fork Park when developed. This improvement will restore the interior of the Nesset Farm House. When the development at South Fork Park is completed the home will be opened to park visitors to tour and learn about life on an early 1900 farmstead.

  8. Plantation Rifle Range HVAC Replacement

    Whatcom County Parks & Recreation has applied for a state grant that combined with county funding will provide a new HVAC system at the Plantation Rifle Range

  9. Samish Park Playground Replacement

    Nestled in the Chuckanut Mountains between the lakeshore and densely forested slopes is Samish Lake Park. The park had over 60,000 visitors last year and the 30 year old playground is a very popular amenity with children. The new playground will have improved accessibility and feature a modern playground structure that blends well with the natural lakeside setting.

  10. Silver Lake Utility, Road and Day Use Improvements

    Silver Lake Park features a campground, lodge and day use areas. As part of ongoing renovations the campsites will receive electrical upgrades. In addition, many of the park trails, walkways and roads will be reconstructed to address improved drainage, sites distances and accessibility.

  11. South Fork Park

    Learn about the goals and plans for the South Fork Park that was implemented in 2007.