Next part of Squalicum Creek Park development begins


BELLINGHAM - Orange fencing has gone up and a building has been demolished as part of the third stage of development of the 35-acre Squalicum Creek Park.

Construction started March 10.

It should be done by the end of this year, and the closed area - which makes up much of the park - should re-open to the public early in 2015, according to the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department.

The project includes creating a new ball field, a basketball court, a fenced off-leash area for dogs, and a playground.

The two-acre dog park will include a space for small and shy dogs.

Other work for the park in the Birchwood Neighborhood will include lighting for the existing baseball field and the new ball field, and building a new loop trail, stairs to connect to the Bay to Baker Trail, picnic shelters, landscaping, more parking and a restroom.

Crews also will remove a hill in the center of the park off Squalicum Way that's used by dog walkers and sledders.

The Coast Millennium Trail, which goes through the park and connects nearby Birchwood Park with Squalicum Way, will remain mostly open during construction.

But that portion of the trail might be closed occasionally for sewer, sidewalk and driveway-related work.

Bellingham-based Strider Construction received the contract for the work. The company was the low bidder at $3.l million.

Funding for the project will come from park impact fees and the Greenways III levy.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or .

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