New playground opens at Boulevard Park, shoreline work beginning


BELLINGHAM - Families heading to Boulevard Park to enjoy some outdoor fun will be happy to see a kid-friendly new feature on the grounds.

A new nautical-themed playground opened up at the park June 13, with a central pirate ship play structure and twisting sea serpent slide.

The new playground is located in the same spot as the old one, with safer equipment and a wheelchair ramp into the play area. The project was paid for with $90,000 in real estate excise tax funds, according to the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department.

In addition to the new playground, workers have begun making significant improvements to the park's shoreline to reduce erosion and improve public access to the water. Plans include removing concrete rubble along the shoreline and creating sand and gravel beaches.

The beach project is expected to cost about $425,000, paid for with park impact fees and Greenway Levy III funds. Major work for the project should be completed by October 2013.

For more information about the playground and other projects at Boulevard Park, go to this City of Bellingham webpage.

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