Construction projects will mean no summer concerts at Bellingham's Boulevard Park


BELLINGHAM — Work crews will begin a major renovation of Boulevard Park next month, but the planned construction projects will mean no concerts at the park this summer, city officials said Thursday, April 24.

Workers will install a new sand and gravel beach and upgraded playground equipment. Portions of the park will be closed to the public during construction and some parking stalls may be affected. No concerts are being planned this summer at the park.

"We wish we didn't have to work in the park in the summer while everyone is playing, but in this case permitting regulations and rainy Washington weather mean it is the only option," said Leslie Bryson, design and development manager with the Parks and Recreation Department, in a press release.

Beginning in May, Bryson said, the existing playground will be replaced with safer, more accessible equipment, which will be funded with $90,000 in real estate excise tax revenue.

Significant shoreline improvements are scheduled to begin in June, aiming to reduce erosion, improve public access to the water and improve habitat conditions. Concrete rubble along portions of the shoreline north of The Woods Coffee will be removed and replaced with a sand and gravel beach.

The project is expected to cost about $425,000, with funding provided by park impact fees and Greenway Levy III funds.

Also planned this summer is the replacement of the sewer line that runs through the park from The Woods Coffee to the north restrooms.

For more information, here's a link to the city's press release.

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