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Whatcom Falls

Young swimmers enjoyed Whatcom Creek this July at Whatcom Falls Park. The park also features long trails that reach several neighborhoods, waterfalls, a fishing pond and trout hatchery, playgrounds, and tennis and basketball courts. New trails and markers provide access and details about the part of the creek charred during the 1999 Olympic Pipe Line 
explosion.
Young swimmers enjoyed Whatcom Creek this July at Whatcom Falls Park. The park also features long trails that reach several neighborhoods, waterfalls, a fishing pond and trout hatchery, playgrounds, and tennis and basketball courts. New trails and markers provide access and details about the part of the creek charred during the 1999 Olympic Pipe Line explosion. LUKE HARRIS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

This lightly populated neighborhood is home to what is arguably the best park in Bellingham. Whatcom Falls Park occupies the northern third of the neighborhood, with trails, swimming, play areas and a state trout hatchery.

Most residents live on the south side of Lakeway Drive, opposite the park. Birch Street provides access to the many mountain-bike trails on Galbraith Mountain, while Bayview Cemetery covers more than 200 acres by the west boundary of the park.

A small commercial area on Electric Avenue offers a gas station, mini-mart and the popular Lafeen’s doughnut shop.

HISTORY

Bayview Cemetery began in 1887 when the town of Whatcom bought 10 acres on the road to Lake Whatcom. Prominent people buried there include pioneer settlers Henry and Elizabeth Roeder and Edward and Teresa Eldridge, poet Ella Higginson, and photographer historian Galen Biery.

SCHOOLS

Carl Cozier Elementary, Kulshan Middle, Bellingham High, Sehome High.

Elementary students will attend Carl Cozier and Wade King in fall 2008.

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

PARKS

Whatcom Falls, Bloedel Donovan, Galbraith Mountain.

QUOTE

“There’s convenience in this neighborhood — the proximity to Whatcom Falls Park, work, the downtown area, and to the Barkley district. There’s a strong neighborhood commitment to support the environment, too.”

Toni Taft, neighborhood resident for nine years

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