Although we have a large lake area in Lake Whatcom, there is limited public access for summer enjoyment. The draw of the lake on a hot day (and we certainly have plenty of opportunity the last few years) is irresistible. One of the small joys of Bellingham is the ability to get away from the large crowds at Bloedel Donovan and go to the pocket park area on North Shore Drive. During the week, it is filled with moms and kids, and it has always been great for a quick dip after work. Imagine my surprise when I found "no parking" signs posted in the pull-out parking area. I've spoken to folks who have been going to this small park area for over 10 years, and none can figure out why the new signage (and ticketing). The private beach areas just west of the public area have no such signs. Those unfortunate enough to not own lake area property however now have nowhere to park for the local access. Why the change? It has been self policing and the majority of users are careful to park in the allocated pull outs and behave as appropriate to a family area. I encourage anyone who uses this area to call or write the city to complain about this new (and seemingly ridiculous) policy.