Waypoint Park Next Phase Development

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Design of the next phase of Waypoint Park is underway

Waypoint Park, redevelopment of Central Pier, and the addition of new arterial streets within Bellingham’s Waterfront District are just the beginning of a long-term plan to provide public access to this unique site.

The next phase of park development is a continuation of the work completed at the award-winning Waypoint Park, which includes completing the waterfront trail connection from Roeder to Laurel Avenue.


Watch the video, ask a question!

The public is invited to view exciting new images of the park design in an online presentation prepared by City staff and the lead designer for the project.

Design elements for this next phase of park development include a new waterfront trail, overlooks, seating areas, and shoreline planting. Flexible lawn space, a restroom building, and opportunities for art are also planned. Comments, questions, and kudos are welcome. Feedback on the conceptual design images for this next phase of the park will be considered as design and permitting continues through the end of this year.

Coordination with other agencies and the adjoining property owners is also underway to ensure a seamless and integrated design with private development and other public spaces and plazas connecting to the park.

The Port of Bellingham and City of Bellingham are partners in the overall master planning and redevelopment of this Brownfields site. The Port of Bellingham acquired the waterfront property from the Georgia Pacific Company. In 2013, the City officially began designing and permitting of over 1.5 acres of public space, which soon would be known as Waypoint Park.

For more information, check out the project website at:

https://cob.org/project/waypoint-park-waterfront-trail


Design of the next phase of Waypoint Park is underway

Waypoint Park, redevelopment of Central Pier, and the addition of new arterial streets within Bellingham’s Waterfront District are just the beginning of a long-term plan to provide public access to this unique site.

The next phase of park development is a continuation of the work completed at the award-winning Waypoint Park, which includes completing the waterfront trail connection from Roeder to Laurel Avenue.


Watch the video, ask a question!

The public is invited to view exciting new images of the park design in an online presentation prepared by City staff and the lead designer for the project.

Design elements for this next phase of park development include a new waterfront trail, overlooks, seating areas, and shoreline planting. Flexible lawn space, a restroom building, and opportunities for art are also planned. Comments, questions, and kudos are welcome. Feedback on the conceptual design images for this next phase of the park will be considered as design and permitting continues through the end of this year.

Coordination with other agencies and the adjoining property owners is also underway to ensure a seamless and integrated design with private development and other public spaces and plazas connecting to the park.

The Port of Bellingham and City of Bellingham are partners in the overall master planning and redevelopment of this Brownfields site. The Port of Bellingham acquired the waterfront property from the Georgia Pacific Company. In 2013, the City officially began designing and permitting of over 1.5 acres of public space, which soon would be known as Waypoint Park.

For more information, check out the project website at:

https://cob.org/project/waypoint-park-waterfront-trail


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    Will there be a small boat visitor's float at some point?

    John Goodman asked 4 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The next phase of park development focuses on the upland portion of the property. In-water facilities could be coordinated with the Port of Bellingham as a future project. The waterfront sub-area plan includes information about visitor moorage along Whatcom Waterway, but that work is not funded in this phase of park development. 

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    Is there a budget or a proposal opportunity for public art?

    JenD asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question! As design progresses, we will evaluate the criteria for public art under Bellingham Municipal Code 4.92. Any future calls for public art will be posted to the City's website at https://cob.org/services/arts/public-art

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    What is happening in the "Potential Future Access" area right now? How does this new phase planning address this area?

    Starflower asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question! Plans for renovating a portion of the wharf are still under discussion between the Port and City of Bellingham. However, we are designing the trail and overlooks in anticipation of any possible scenario for future public access. Also, the new waterfront trail may function independently if the wharf is not renovated for public use in the near future.