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Sunnyland

Diane Goenen, left, Traci Whitton, center, and Alyssa Houseman, 4, enjoy their late lunch at Our House Deli. The casual restaurant at 2301 James St. is a popular breakfast, lunch and meet-you-there place for Sunnyland neighborhood residents.
Diane Goenen, left, Traci Whitton, center, and Alyssa Houseman, 4, enjoy their late lunch at Our House Deli. The casual restaurant at 2301 James St. is a popular breakfast, lunch and meet-you-there place for Sunnyland neighborhood residents. NIKI DESAUTELS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Sunnyland neighborhood offers a mix of residential and commercial areas.

Businesses and restaurants line James Street, and warehouses and light industry dot the vicinity of Iowa and Ohio streets. Moving north, businesses give way to houses.

The neighborhood is home to Sunnyland Elementary School, the recently renovated Bellingham High School, and Assumption Catholic Church and school.

The renovated Sunnyland Square complex at James and Alabama streets is bringing new shops to the area, including a Trader Joe’s grocery store.

HISTORY

The park that came to be known as Memorial Park began in 1889 when Pierre Barlow Cornwall set aside eight acres. After World War I, a memorial was built honoring local residents who died in the war.

A new monument honoring almost 500 Whatcom County veterans who have died in battle was dedicated in 2005.

SCHOOLS

Sunnyland Elementary, Whatcom Middle, Bellingham High, Options High.

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

PARKS

Memorial, Broadway, Sunnyland.

QUOTE

“Sunnyland is a centrally located neighborhood and it’s a place where you can own a small home with a yard and a detached garage and yet you’re still minutes from all the amenities that make city life good.”

Patrick McKee, Sunnyland resident for 11 years

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