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​Swimmers at Lake Whatcom, July 1950, by Jack Carver

Bloedel Swim Docks for Kids

On October 22, 2018, city staff, along with the project proponent, the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club (BBRC), made a presentation to the Bellingham City Council regarding a project to replace the swimming docks at Bloedel Donovan Park.

Bloedel Docks for Kids has offered to design, permit and construct the docks in approximately the same footprint where they existed prior to their removal when the lake lifeguarding program was eliminated due to budget cuts.  Council voted in favor to direct city staff to work with BBRC staff toward the donation of the docks. 

Bloedel Docks for Kids proceeded with design and fundraising for the docks, with a target of $500,000.  The Bellingham City Council voted on June 3, 2019 to approve the donation and accept responsibility of the operational aspects.

This project may also include start-up infrastructure, including lifeguard stands, safety equipment, office equipment and required shower.



Design, permitting and construction of the docks is being donated by the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club Bloedel Swim Docks For Kids


Design is underway


Affected Neighborhoods

    Silver Beach

Participating Departments

    Parks and Recreation