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Roosevelt

John-Paul Pacheaco, 9, plays catch with his father, Steve Pacheaco, at Roosevelt Park. The father said they planned to return to the park often to practice baseball. Located next to the Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County, the park has picnic facilities, a playground, large fields and basketball courts.
John-Paul Pacheaco, 9, plays catch with his father, Steve Pacheaco, at Roosevelt Park. The father said they planned to return to the park often to practice baseball. Located next to the Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County, the park has picnic facilities, a playground, large fields and basketball courts. LUKE HARRIS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Once considered a high-risk neighborhood, the Roosevelt area is making big strides with a lower crime rate, a new Boys & Girls Club, improved parks, and plans for a community center.

It’s a compact neighborhood, split by Alabama Street, a busy east-west arterial. On the north side are some newer housing developments and small houses on small lots. South of Alabama are apartment complexes and more small homes.

Roosevelt Park and the Railroad Trail offer places to unwind, with the trail looping all the way to Whatcom Falls Park.

HISTORY

Eureka Grade School was built in 1902 on Woburn Street between Alabama and Texas streets. The school’s name was changed to Roosevelt in 1927-28 to honor former President Theodore Roosevelt. T

he current Roosevelt Elementary School was built in 1972 at 2900 Yew St.

SCHOOLS

Roosevelt Elementary, Sunnyland Elementary, Northern Heights Elementary, Kulshan Middle, Whatcom Middle, Bellingham High, Squalicum High.

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

PARKS

Roosevelt Park, Roosevelt Nature Area, Whatcom Falls Park, Memorial Park, Railroad Trail.

QUOTE

“You should have a strong neighborhood association, and up here where we live, we do. We all have a very good time when we have our get-together. People go up and down the streets with baby carriages and bicycles.”

Gene Montague, Roosevelt resident for more than 50 years

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