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. 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. There are 13 National Parks in Washington, 141 State Parks in Washington, there are 36 County Parks in Whatcom County alone. You do …Read More »
Chuckanut Metropolitan Park District holds Executive Session with City of Bellingham to acquire more property???
From the local Whatcom Watchdog, the Chuckanut Community Metropolitan Park District (CCMPD) is working in private, executive sessions to discuss the acquisition of additional private properties to be placed into permanent conservation easement? Wasn’t the sole purpose of the CCMPD to tax and payoff the Chuckanut Forest, then to disband themselves and pass on into the sunset like a bad dream? This posting in the Whatcom Watchdog contains a link to the email which shows there’s more shenanigans happening with the CCMPD and the City of Bellingham which will be affecting all of us as they remove ever more properties from private to public, or as I like to say an asset to a liability of the public. ~ Kris Halterman Property acquisition? The Commissioners have started being very specific in their language to explain why they are conducting meetings in executive session. It is likely they have be questioned about their ability to conduct all their meetings about the inter local agreement with the COB in executive session. From the latest email we are now informed that they are discussing “acquisition of property from the City of Bellingham in the form of a conservation easement” Why should this …Read More »
Bellingham Planning Commission taking Public Comment on New Chuckanut Metropolitan Park District Rezone
Two public hearings concerning the Chuckanut Community Forest will be held June 27. The Bellingham Planning Commission will discuss and take public comments on changing the zoning of the entire 82 acres of land to Public: Bellingham Planning Commission Meeting June 27, 2013 @ 7pm Bellingham City Hall The same evening the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District will be taking comments about their “Mission” and about the “Interlocal agreement” with the City: Chuckanut Community Forest Park District Meeting June 27, 2013 7pm Fairhaven library, Fireside room Written comments of any length will be accepted until June 27 and can be sent to: CCFPD P.O.Box 4283 Bellingham, WA. 98227 For background information about the Chuckanut Community Forest Metropolitan Park District folks can refer to my website, www.chuckanutcommunityforestMPD.org. In February voters in the district elected to become a Metropolitan Park District. The ballot measure asked voters only if they wanted a Metropolitan Park District. While the folks running for seats on the commission campaigned on “pay off the Greenways Endowment loan and get out”, nothing in the ballot requires them to hold to that promise. Therefore, I find it very concerning that they are now asking people in the district what the …Read More »