Little Squalicum Park tour set for Oct. 15 in Bellingham

The public is invited to a tour of Little Squalicum Park on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Tour-goers will learn about cleanup and restoration projects done by the city of Bellingham at the park and how stormwater from roads and neighborhoods could affect those projects. They also will hear about the city’s plan to restore estuary there.

The free tour is noon to 1 p.m. Meet at the Little Squalicum Park trailhead parking lot at 640 Marine Drive. The walking route will be a total of 0.6 mile on gravel trails.

The park was home to two toxic sites, which have been cleaned up.

In 2005, soil in the creek area of the park was found to contain toxic chemicals because of past practices from the nearby Oeser wood-treatment company. The cleanup managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency included removing contaminated material and rerouting Little Squalicum Creek into its historic creek channel.

The city’s Public Works Department coordinated cleanup at the other site with the state Department of Ecology. That involved removing waste and contaminated soil from an old municipal landfill in the northwest corner of the park.

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is coordinating the tour.