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Bloedel Donovan Park Improvement Projects


In 2012, the existing park master plan was amended to include proposed improvements to mitigate onsite stormwater, removal of an existing concrete bulkhead, beach improvements, expanding native planting areas, include a new boat house and associated amenities and create infrastructure for the Aquatic Invasive Species boat inspection program.

Construction for the stormwater and shoreline improvements started in September 2014, and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.  This project implements Low Impact Development (LID) retrofits to mitigate for, or eliminate sources of, nutrient and bacteria loading in stormwater runoff from Bloedel Donovan Park into Lake Whatcom.  Project design uses infiltration as a Best Management Practice and media filtration to provide enhanced treatment.


Stormwater Improvements: 
$128,000 City of Bellingham Water Fund
$384,000 Department of Ecology Statewide Stormwater Grant Program

Shoreline Improvements:
$150,000 City of Bellingham Water Fund
$150,000 Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Aquatic Land Enhancement Account Grant

Proposed Boathouse:
Donation by the Whatcom Rowing Association.

Other Improvements:
Unfunded at this time.


The master plan amendment was approved by City Council on July 2, 2012.

Stormwater improvements in the north park lawn area and shoreline imrpvements near the boat launch area including removal of the concrete bulkhead are currently in construction.  Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.

The proposed boathouse is also under construction and is expected to be complete by Spring of 2015.

Studies and Reports


M 10/9/2015

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