Living

Guide Meridian

Madrona Medical Group, 4545 Cordata Parkway, provides health services to 
Whatcom County residents, including pediatric, orthopedic and cancer care. Madrona’s location in Guide Meridian neighborhood provides easy access for residents, especially the many elderly people who live in the neighborhood.
Madrona Medical Group, 4545 Cordata Parkway, provides health services to Whatcom County residents, including pediatric, orthopedic and cancer care. Madrona’s location in Guide Meridian neighborhood provides easy access for residents, especially the many elderly people who live in the neighborhood. PHILIP A. DWYER THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Guide Meridian is the busy home to commercial and residential growth on the north edge of Bellingham.

With commercial development anchored by nearby Bellis Fair mall, new stores continue to spread along Bakerview Road to Interstate 5, and north along Meridian Street.

Residential development has kept pace, with new apartments and condominiums, and several housing developments in the Cordata area for retired and elderly people.

Lobbying by residents recently resulted in the city’s acquisition of 20 acres for a park between Meadowbrook Court and Horton Road.

HISTORY

In 1967, legislators passed a law creating community college districts. Three years later, Whatcom Community College opened, holding classes in empty offices, grocery stores, high schools and rooms at the YMCA.

Today, more than 7,000 students study at the campus on West Kellogg Road.

SCHOOLS

Alderwood Elementary, Birchwood Elementary, Sunnyland Elementary, Shuksan Middle, Squalicum High, Irene Reither Primary, Ten Mile Creek Elementary, Meridian Middle, Meridian High, Whatcom Community College.

Bellingham School District students will attend Aldrich Elementary in fall 2009.

Districts: Bellingham School District, www.bham.wednet.edu; Meridian School District, www.meridian.wednet.edu.

PARK

Cornwall.

QUOTE

“What Guide Meridian has is potential … because it has a growing population with mostly new residents. As urban villages are established, and parks and trails, it’s going to be a very attractive place to live.”

Julianna Guy, Guide Meridian resident

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