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City workers clean up Maritime Heritage Park

One day after Bellingham Police made a warrant sweep to round up suspected drug dealers in Maritime Heritage Park, more than 60 city workers went on a spring cleaning blitz Thursday, June 13.

Bellingham Parks and Recreation crews formed teams and spread out over the 11-acre park to pick up litter, remove shrubs, spread mulch, and make trail repairs. The work party followed a similar effort at the downtown park, located between Holly and C Streets, by staff and volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"We are very happy with the tremendous amount of work by volunteers and staff that has gone into cleaning up the park over the past few years and making it a better place to visit," said parks director James King in a press release.

King said the goal of the spring cleaning blitz, and Wednesday's police sweep of the park, was to ensure that Maritime Heritage Park is safe and family-friendly.

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville joined the cleanup crews for lunch.

"We want the community to feel welcome and safe in this beautiful park," Linville said in a statement. "Maritime Heritage Park is in a unique setting in the heart of our city. It is under-used and has the capacity for much more community enjoyment."

Linville said a city work group is evaluating recommendations for changes to Maritime Heritage Park's infrastructure, recreational programming, law enforcement and utilization of social services.