Reducing lawn, pollution at Bloedel Donovan part of meeting Wednesday


BELLINGHAM - The public is invited to a meeting about a makeover planned for Bloedel Donovan Park that is intended to reduce pollution into Lake Whatcom. The city Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the meeting Wednesday, May 28, on a new beach and underground stormwater system for the park.

A sand-and-gravel beach will replace a failing bulkhead and some of the lawn along the park's shoreline. Stormwater will be filtered through a trench and diverted into the ground rather than Lake Whatcom. Construction is scheduled to begin after Labor Day.

Recent state reports concluded the amount of phosphorus-laden runoff into the lake must be reduced considerably if it is to meet pollution standards. Fecal coliform levels in the lake also are unacceptable, according to the state.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bloedel Donovan Park Multipurpose Building. For more information, go to and type "Bloedel master plan" in the search box.

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