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Cornwall

Anna Hammes, 10, of Bellingham, plays disc golf at Cornwall Park. The park traces its origins to 1909, when the children of Pierre Barlow Cornwall, a San Francisco industrialist with business interests in Bellingham, donated 65 acres for a park to honor their father.
Anna Hammes, 10, of Bellingham, plays disc golf at Cornwall Park. The park traces its origins to 1909, when the children of Pierre Barlow Cornwall, a San Francisco industrialist with business interests in Bellingham, donated 65 acres for a park to honor their father. LUKE HARRIS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Cornwall Park neighborhood is best known for the large, forested park that contains a playground, spray water park, horseshoe pits and disc golf course. Parkview Elementary School nudges next to the park. Surrounding the park are a variety of homes on comfortable lots.

Homes also line Meridian Street south to West Illinois Street, where businesses reach south to the Fountain District shopping area.

The southeast corner of the neighborhood features Broadway Park, the large, older homes that border it, and historic Roeder Home, now owned by Bellingham’s parks department and used for weddings, recitals and craft events.

St. Joseph Hospital occupies the eastern edge of the neighborhood.

HISTORY

The roots of St. Joseph Hospital reach back to the early 1890s, when church and civic leaders asked the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace for help establishing a hospital.

In 1891, two sisters traveled across the country to Fairhaven to start the first hospital on Bellingham Bay. It had 30 beds.

SCHOOLS

Parkview Elementary, Columbia Elementary, Whatcom Middle, Bellingham High.

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

PARKS

Cornwall, Broadway, Cornwall Rose Garden, Bug Lake.

QUOTE

“The proximity to the hospitals and other medical services is nice. We can walk to our dentist and I can walk to my doctor’s office.”

Camille Hackler, member of Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission

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