Iconic Whatcom: Zuanich Point Park

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 24, 2013 

Double rainbow

Photos of a double rainbow at Zuanich Point Park that appeared Wednesday evening, June 13, 2013 in Bellingham.

MATT MCDONALD — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

A park for flying kites was the original design for the property on Bellingham's waterfront.

Today, kiting is just one of many ways that people enjoy Zuanich Point Park. People also jog, skate and picnic there, and there's a play structure for kids and a bronze memorial that honors fishers lost at sea.

But for many people, the four-acre park's strongest appeal is the simple yet invigorating pleasure of walking its paved perimeter path, preferably with a breeze blowing in a briny whiff of Bellingham Bay. Walkers hear the slap of waves on the rocks while they gaze at the bay and the blue-green islands beyond, at the boats moored at Squalicum Harbor and more boats and buildings across the channel at Bellwether, at the top of Mount Baker on a clear day, and at the expansive view of Bellingham's shoreline from downtown south to Fairhaven.

The park at 2600 Harbor Loop was originally called Harbor Point Park, an apt name. Later, the name was changed to honor Pete Zuanich, the longtime Port of Bellingham commissioner who died in 2002.

A hard-working, outspoken fellow, Zuanich and his longtime colleagues on the commission, Tut Asmundson and Kenneth McAulay, were at the helm when the port developed the Squalicum Harbor and Blaine Harbor marinas, attracted the Alaska ferry to town, built Bellingham Cruise Terminal, improved Bellingham International Airport and brought the train and bus depot to Fairhaven.

The park also is home to the Squalicum Boathouse, a rental space with a large fireplace, kitchen and buffet area, and oversized windows with views of the bay and Lummi Island.

For people who enjoy public events, the park is home to several each year, notably the Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration.

Even if you like crowds, be sure to come back to the park on a quiet day. Preferably a breezy one.

Reach Dean Kahn at 360-715-2291 or dean.kahn@bellinghamherald.com.

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