Squalicum park ready to enter next construction phase

Squalicum Creek Park in Bellingham is set to enter its next phase of construction this month, which will include a new lighted ballfield, playground, off-leash dog area and picnic shelters, along with other additions.

Work on the park, located at 1001 Squalicum Way in the city’s Birchwood Neighborhood, is being done by Strider Construction of Bellingham. Strider was awarded the low bid on the project by the city, which was $3,174,540.02.

The project is funded with voter approved Greenway Levy 3 funds.

Additional improvements include a basketball court, restrooms, loop trail, stairs connecting to the Bay to Baker Trail, additional parking, landscaping and other park amenities such as park benches and picnic tables.

Most areas of the park will be closed until the end of construction and the public is asked to stay outside the construction area for safety.  The Coast Millennium Trail, connecting Birchwood Park with Squalicum Way, will stay open, but occasional closure will be necessary for installation of  sewer, sidewalk and driveway related work.

The park is expected to re-open to the public early next year, according to the city.

More information  is available on the city’s website.

 

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