Dear neighbors of Squalicum Creek Park,
The Construction of Phase Three of Squalicum Creek Park continues and we made remarkable progress over the summer. Sadly, there's been a rash of thefts. Electrical wire valued in the thousands of dollars was stolen over the course of several days last week.
I wanted to make you aware that the thieves complicate an already complex project, harm the contractors who are building a fine park for this community, and in the end drive up the cost of future park construction. Moreover, your tax dollars will pay the cost to replace stolen equipment and repair damage once the park is turned over to the City.
So, it's in your interest to keep your eyes on the park and to report any suspicious activities, such as: prowlers, unauthorized people inside the construction fence after work hours and on weekends to the Bellingham Police Department.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.
Jonathan Schilk, RLA, ASLA
Bellingham Parks and Recreation Dept.
3424 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-778-7000, 360-778-7001 (f)
Birchwood Neighborhood to host events July 11th and August 8th
Drive-in movies are mostly a thing of the past but for two nights this summer you can re-live an experience not seen in Bellingham since the closing of the Samish Twin in 2004, or if you can remember way back to Bellingham's Moonlite or Motor-Vue Drive-in theaters both closed in the 1970's.
On July 11 and Aug. 8, Bellingham’s Birchwood Neighborhood will host drive-in movies in the Park Manor parking lot in front of Big Lots and Albertsons on the corner of Birchwood and Northwest.
The second year of the Friday night drive-ins will feature “Despicable Me 2” on July 11 and “Back to the Future” on Aug. 8. Events are free of charge and open to the public. Movies will be projected onto a 40-foot inflatable screen and audio will be transmitted by an FM signal so you can listen in your car. There will also be outdoor speakers for those that choose to walk or bike to the show. Parking on July 11 opens at 8 p.m. and on Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Movies show at dusk.
The Birchwood Drive-In Movies are sponsored by Park Manor and The Birchwood Neighborhood, www.birchwoodneighborhood.org. Equipment is being provided by Bellingham based Epic Events, www.epicevents.us, the Pacific Northwest Leader in outdoor movie entertainment.
Join Birchwood Neighborhood Association Meeting
May 20th, 2014 at Shuksan Middle School Library @ 630-8pm.
Introduction: Local Artist, Ben Mann commissioned to paint the Traffic Signal Box at the intersection of NW Ave and BW Ave. Example of Art will be shown an opportunity to donate to the project. Please bring your spare change.
Opening Speaker: Renee La Croix, Public Works Ecology and Restoration, to discuss Squalicum Creek Re-route and Little Squalicum Estuary Creation.
Key note Speakers: Sergeant Gutierrez (Bellingham Police Department Neighborhood Anti-Crime Team), Alyson Batchelder-Bestle (Coordinator of Mental Health Program Whatcom County Jail) and Michelle Thomas ( 911 Dispatcher Outreach Coordinator)
Come and participate in bettering our community by learning how to recognize, effectively report and ultimately reduce criminal behavior.
In attendance and available for questions will be the following
Bob Muzzy, Safety and Security Officer WTA
Sergeant Keith Johnson, Special Investigation Unit BPD
Claudia Vizcarra, BPD Neighborhood Code Compliance Officer
Anya Kalish Milton, Northwest Youth Services Engagement Manager