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Chuckanut Forest on track for permanent Conservation Easement…is that what the tax payers voted for?

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Whatcom County currently holds the title for the largest amount of park land in Washington State.  Whatcom County leads in the amount of publicly owned parks and is home to thirty-six County Parks.  Many of the counties parks currently are undeveloped and under maintained, due to the high costs and low financial returns that are common in counties that are predominate for recreation dollars.  Parks are a great place to spend time with family and friends, but the per capita fiscal benefit of a service economy is hard pressed to compete with production, manufacturing and technology businesses and wages.

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So, what are we doing in Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham?  Working to create more parks and connectors to parks.  Delaine Clizbe is a recreational enthusiast who utilizes many of Whatcom County’s many public parks.  Delaine also has the sense that Whatcom County has enough park land to meet the needs of the resident population for the next century, given the fact that Whatcom County already has eight times more park land than any other county in the State of Washington.

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There are 13 National Parks in Washington, 141 State Parks in Washington, there are 36 County Parks in Whatcom County alone.  You do the math and then decide how much more precious tax dollars should we allocate to parks?  I do not know anyone who does not like a park, but parks do not generate jobs or pay for themselves.  In all things there must be a sustainable balance and Whatcom County hit their tipping point a long time ago.

~ Kris Halterman

How to create a park in Bellingham

12/05/2013  1 Comment

I received notice last week that the Chuckanut Community Forest and the Bellingham City Council will have a public hearing concerning ”
The proposed sale by the City of Bellingham of a Conservation Easement for the Chuckanut Community Forest (also known as Chuckanut Ridge, Fairhaven Highlands, and Hundred Acre Wood) to the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District. The Conservation Easement and related Interlocal Agreement are available for review”  The hearing will be during the December 16 City Council meeting.  More details can be found here.
I thought this would be a good time to review what exactly happened  with this transaction.  How exactly did the City of Bellingham and the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District create this park?

Link to Delaine’s Article

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