Lorraine Ellis Park Playground

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*Update 7/27/2022 - Parks and Recreation staff prepared three (3) design options that consider the public input received during the previous survey. Input included designing a playground for tots and school age children, to-fro swings, unique equipment, an open ended and challenging play experience, and tall slide. Other comments involved not reducing the lawn area [too much]. The results of the previous survey can be found under the Documents tab.

Please take some time to take the next survey and help us refine the final playground design! The survey is open July 22nd through August 18th.

Project Description

The City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department is planning to replace the existing playground at Lorraine Ellis Park, located in the Columbia Neighborhood on W Illinois St. When complete, residents will have new, safe, and accessible playground equipment on which to play; fall surfacing; an ADA path to West Ilinois St.; and new site furnishings. The existing park name sign will be repaired. The City is coordinating this playground renovation project with the West Illinois Multimodal Improvements project. A walkway between the playground and West Illinois Street will be constructed when the West Illinois project begins construction.


Why replace the existing playground?

The current Miracle playground equipment, installed in 1990 over pea gravel, is weathered, difficult to find parts for, lacks ADA accessibility, and fails to meet current Standard Consumer Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use (ASTM f1487). Replacement will provide the next generation of park users with fun, accessible, challenging, and cooperative play opportunities while providing diverse sensory experiences.

Project objectives:

  • To provide high quality play opportunities for tots and school age kids alike
  • To use existing playground location to minimize impacts to the lawn area lawn area
  • To provide ADA accessible path between West Illinois St and the new playground area
  • To enhance the park experience with park furnishings, including picnic table, park benches, bike racks, and park and playground rules signage

Help us design the playground replacement!

The survey shows three different options with an assortment of fun activities appealing to tots and school aged children.

The final selection of playground option depends on public input. Please view the playground options attached here and then take a quick survey to let us know what you like! We look forward to hearing from you. In addition to the online survey, Parks and Recreation Dept. staff will be attending the August 2022 Columbia Neighborhood Association meeting to gather input in person.

*Update 7/27/2022 - Parks and Recreation staff prepared three (3) design options that consider the public input received during the previous survey. Input included designing a playground for tots and school age children, to-fro swings, unique equipment, an open ended and challenging play experience, and tall slide. Other comments involved not reducing the lawn area [too much]. The results of the previous survey can be found under the Documents tab.

Please take some time to take the next survey and help us refine the final playground design! The survey is open July 22nd through August 18th.

Project Description

The City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department is planning to replace the existing playground at Lorraine Ellis Park, located in the Columbia Neighborhood on W Illinois St. When complete, residents will have new, safe, and accessible playground equipment on which to play; fall surfacing; an ADA path to West Ilinois St.; and new site furnishings. The existing park name sign will be repaired. The City is coordinating this playground renovation project with the West Illinois Multimodal Improvements project. A walkway between the playground and West Illinois Street will be constructed when the West Illinois project begins construction.


Why replace the existing playground?

The current Miracle playground equipment, installed in 1990 over pea gravel, is weathered, difficult to find parts for, lacks ADA accessibility, and fails to meet current Standard Consumer Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use (ASTM f1487). Replacement will provide the next generation of park users with fun, accessible, challenging, and cooperative play opportunities while providing diverse sensory experiences.

Project objectives:

  • To provide high quality play opportunities for tots and school age kids alike
  • To use existing playground location to minimize impacts to the lawn area lawn area
  • To provide ADA accessible path between West Illinois St and the new playground area
  • To enhance the park experience with park furnishings, including picnic table, park benches, bike racks, and park and playground rules signage

Help us design the playground replacement!

The survey shows three different options with an assortment of fun activities appealing to tots and school aged children.

The final selection of playground option depends on public input. Please view the playground options attached here and then take a quick survey to let us know what you like! We look forward to hearing from you. In addition to the online survey, Parks and Recreation Dept. staff will be attending the August 2022 Columbia Neighborhood Association meeting to gather input in person.

  • Please review Option A, B, and C under the Documents tab before taking this survey. The results of this survey will be used to finalize the design for the new playground. Thank you for your input!

    This survey will close on August 18, 2022.

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