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Current Trail Projects in Bellingham

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Bellingham Parks Director James King discusses trail projects in the city with a focus on projects north of Downtown.

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Current Trail Projects in Bellingham

  1. 1. Trails inBellinghamWhatcom Active Transportation SummitOctober 2012
  2. 2. Accomplishments• 70 miles of trails• Greenway Program 3 levies approved by voters $42.5 M for acquisition of parks and trails $12.5 M for trail development• $8 M grant funding for trail related projects• Greenways Strategic Plan• Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan• North Bellingham Trail Plan
  3. 3. North Bellingham Trail Planning
  4. 4. Challenges• More connections between neighborhoods• Maintenance funding is scarce• Development costs are increasing & affected by regulations• Competition is greater for fewer dollars, especially grants• Street system connections & transitions are vital, including sidewalks, crosswalks & bike lanes• Acquisitions & developer contributions are more challenging due to economic slow-down
  5. 5. Major 3. Bellingham 2. Trails1. featuring 3 Highlighted “Northside” Projects 1. Coast Millennium/ Marine Drive Corridor 2. Squalicum Creek/ Bay- to-Baker Corridor 3. King Mt. to Queen Mt. Corridor
  6. 6. Coast Millennium/ Marine Drive Corridor “Lockwood” park site with bypass trail around RR overpass STATE TIDELANDS Whirlwind Beach Planned Public Parking & Viewpoints
  7. 7. Recent WhirlwindBeach Purchase VIEWPOINTLink to State tidelands & futureviewpoint on Marine DriveMARINE DR.BIKE LANES &SIDEWALK SEGMENTSDESIRABLE
  8. 8. Bellingham’s Bay-to-Baker/Squalicum Creek TrailBay to the City Limits To Nooksack River via inland rail-trail CORNWALL PARK SQUALICUM CREEK PARKTo Nooksack Rivervia coast/Marine Drive
  9. 9. Current Study Section: Meridian to IrongateBuilding a road, trail & new creek channels SUNSET POND BUG LAKE
  10. 10. King & Queen Mts. TrailWith future connectionsTO CORDATA/ TO EVERSON/NORTWEST RD NOOKSACK RIVER TO CORNWALL PARK/ BELLINGHAM BAY B to b
  11. 11. Recent TrailProjects:Barkley Trail Segment(Orleans to BarkleyVillage)Division St. Trail(Eliza Ave. to Aldrich Rd.)Whatcom Cr. Trail(Meador/I-5 to Woburn)Cordata Park TrailsUnderway:Samish Crest TrailOver Water Walkway

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