Living

Silver Beach

LeAnne Robinson of Bellingham practices her paddling techniques during a class at Bloedel Donovan Park. The park on the north end of Lake Whatcom provides a place to swim, paddle, picnic and play volleyball. There’s also a gymnasium, playground, boat launch, and a field with a baseball backstop.
LeAnne Robinson of Bellingham practices her paddling techniques during a class at Bloedel Donovan Park. The park on the north end of Lake Whatcom provides a place to swim, paddle, picnic and play volleyball. There’s also a gymnasium, playground, boat launch, and a field with a baseball backstop. CHRIS JOSEPH TAYLOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Silver Beach neighborhood wraps around the west and north end of Lake Whatcom, the city’s drinking water source and a popular lake for swimming and boating.

Many homes are upscale, with views of the lake and hillsides. The southern part of the neighborhood is heavily wooded and populated with mostly smaller homes.

Many of the windy streets lack sidewalks, but traffic generally is light.

In addition to Bloedel Donovan Park, the biggest city park on the lake, the neighborhood has nearby Scudder’s Pond, with trails leading to Whatcom Falls Park. Big Rock Garden Park is a calming, landscaped Eden filled with outdoor sculptures.

HISTORY

White City amusement park dominated the north end of Lake Whatcom from 1906 until 1919, when it closed. Patrons rode the Lake Line streetcar to White City to enjoy its roller coaster, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, dance hall, ice cream parlor and Silver Beach Hotel.

SCHOOLS

Silver Beach Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Whatcom Middle, Squalicum High.

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

PARKS

Big Rock Garden, Bloedel Donovan Park, North Ridge, North Lake Whatcom.

QUOTE

“This neighborhood has almost a summer-getaway feel to it. It’s safe and close to downtown, yet it feels very far away from downtown.”

Karen Mueller, Silver Beach resident for eight years

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