Living

Birchwood

Nathanial Kyle holds up his son, Nathanial, 3, to reach some climbing bars during an afternoon visit to Birchwood Park. The park, located north of Squalicum Parkway, features a playground, basketball court, picnic shelter and a play field. The site once was home to a shingle mill.
Nathanial Kyle holds up his son, Nathanial, 3, to reach some climbing bars during an afternoon visit to Birchwood Park. The park, located north of Squalicum Parkway, features a playground, basketball court, picnic shelter and a play field. The site once was home to a shingle mill. NIKI DESAUTELS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Birchwood neighborhood boasts many large, deep lots that once were small farms on the edge of the city.

There’s variety, with single-family homes, apartment complexes, a private golf course, several parks, and access to Bellingham Bay. A variety of shops and restaurants line Northwest Avenue.

Squalicum Creek borders the neighborhood on the south. To the west, Little Squalicum Park offers exceptional beach access to the bay. Birchwood Park provides play space, with ball fields and trails at the adjacent Squalicum Creek Park in the early stages of development.

HISTORY

Bellingham Coal Mines operated from 1917 to the mid ’50s in the area of Birchwood Avenue east of Northwest Avenue, where Albertson’s Food & Drug is now located.

SCHOOLS

Birchwood Elementary, Shuksan Middle, Squalicum High, Bellingham Technical College.

Some students will attend Alderwood Elementary in fall 2009.

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

PARKS

Birchwood, Little Squalicum, Cornwall Park, Squalicum Creek Park (under construction).

QUOTE

“I like that the school is close, the store is close and that there are myriad of restaurants within three blocks. I like that all the services I need are within a couple blocks.”

Clint Marley, Birchwood resident for 11 years

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