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Cornwall Beach Park Master Plan

Photographs - Existing Conditions

Cornwall Avenue Landfill site Cornwall Beach Park site - existing conditions RG Haley site at Cornwall Beach


The City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department is preparing a master plan for Cornwall Beach Park for approval by the Bellingham Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and the Bellingham City Council.  The project area includes the Cornwall Avenue Landfill site and the R.G. Haley site.  The master plan will also be coordinated with the proposed Boulevard Park to Cornwall Avenue Over-Water Walkway.

This project is a priority for public access to the waterfront and is identified in Phase One of the Draft Waterfront District Interlocal Agreement for Facilities, 12/14/2012.  This project will also help meet the objectives of the 2008 Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan to provide additional central waterfront parks and trails.

The City is also inviting the public to help officially name this new waterfront park.  City Policy (PDF) outlines the process for naming parks and recreation facilities.  All park name suggestions will be recorded, tallied and considered.  Name suggestiosn will be accepted through February 21, 2014.  The final list of park names will be forwarded to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at their March 12 meeting.  The name selected by the Board will be forwarded to City Council for final decision.  Name suggestions may be submitted online or sent to the Parks and Recreation Main Office.

Take a Walk in the Park!

Why not take a late afternoon tour of Cornwall Beach Park?

This is a unique opportunity to experience the site, first-hand, to take in scenic views of Bellingham Bay and downtown Bellingham, and to visualize proposed plans for park development. Because it is currently a controlled clean-up site, access is normally closed. The gates will open and City and Port of Bellingham staff will escort the public into the planned park area, answer questions and record comments made during the event.

To attend this walking tour, meet at the corner of Pine Street and Cornwall Avenue (PDF) at 5:30 pm on April 23, 2014. The event will end at 6:30 P.M. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes (closed toe) for a walking tour on uneven and unpaved areas. No pets please. Parking is available on Cornwall Avenue.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 778-7000, or


$100,000 in Park Impact Fees for master plan design


This project is curently in the Design phase

Project Schedule

2013  Design Phase

2014  Submit proposed park master plan to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board for approval and then to Bellingham City Council for adoption.


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