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Alabama Hill

A runner takes advantage of the summer weather to cross Alabama Street via a pedestrian overpass on Railroad Trail. The trail offers views of Bellingham Bay from Alabama Hill, as well as views of wildlife and birds on the way to Scudder’s Pond and Lake Whatcom.
A runner takes advantage of the summer weather to cross Alabama Street via a pedestrian overpass on Railroad Trail. The trail offers views of Bellingham Bay from Alabama Hill, as well as views of wildlife and birds on the way to Scudder’s Pond and Lake Whatcom. LUKE HARRIS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Alabama Hill neighborhood offers multiple views and milieus, with pleasant results in all directions.

On the west side, residents gaze upon Bellingham Bay and the islands beyond; on the east side, residents see Bloedel Donovan Park and the north end of Lake Whatcom. On the northern half of the neighborhood, sidewalk-lined streets wind along the crest of the hill. The southern half feels more casual with older houses.

The popular Railroad Trail splits the neighborhood north-to-south, while small St. Clair Park and gigantic Whatcom Falls Park buffer the southern boundary.

HISTORY

St. Clair Park, in the south end of Alabama Hill neighborhood, opened in 1973, was renovated about 1987, and got a newplayground in 2004. The new playground is more visible from the street, providing greatersafety.

SCHOOLS

Roosevelt Elementary, Kulshan Middle, Whatcom Middle, Squalicum High, Bellingham High.

District: Bellingham School District, www.bham.wednet.edu.

PARKS

Bloedel Donovan, Whatcom Falls, Highland Heights, St. Clair, Railroad Trail.

QUOTE

“A real identifying aspect of our neighborhood is the trails that wind through it. Because it’s so walking-friendly, you have a lot of opportunity to meet people and you feel connected to your neighbors.”

Jeff Braimes, Alabama Hill resident for seven years

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