Current Development and Maintenance Projects

  1. Birch Bay Community Park Master Planning

    Whatcom County purchased 4.1 acres in Birch Bay for development of a waterfront community park. In 2016 three community meetings were held to introduce the project and gather community input. Plans for the park include a multi-purpose shelter, restrooms, a natural play area, picnic areas and off-street parking.

  2. Canyon Lake Community Forest Access Road Repair

    In 2008 a landslide limited public access to Canyon Lake Community Forest. Whatcom County is currently working with the Whatcom Land Trust, Sierra Pacific and the Department of Natural Resources to secure an alternate access route to the park.

  3. Hovander Park Buildings Improvements

    This project will remove the old storage barn located at the entrance to the boat launch and the current shop building. Both buildings have deteriorated supports and foundation failures. A new shop building will be constructed out of the core activity area and at a higher elevation for safety and functional purposes.

  4. Lighthouse Marine Park Improvements

    Lighthouse Marine Park's boardwalk was constructed in the early 1970's. This well-loved park feature has had a lot of use and required many repairs over the last several decades. Park staff is currently working on a renovation plan that will address the structural repairs and keep the aesthetic appeal. Additional improvements will include a new play area.

  5. Nesset Farm House Restoration

    This early 1900's home is planned to be part of historical experience at South Fork Park when developed. A long-term restoration effort is underway. The initial phase is complete and included structural repairs to the farm house and machine shed. In 2017 roof repairs to both structures and further assessment of interior upgrades will be completed.

  6. Lake Whatcom & Lookout Mountain Trail Development

    This project implements the Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve and Lake Whatcom Park Recreational Trail Plan.

  7. 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. The current HVAC system was installed in 1983. We look forward to replacing the system which will reduce energy consumption and continue to allow the indoor range to be used safely by citizens, law enforcement agencies and organizations.

  8. 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.

  9. South Fork Park

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