The purpose of the project is to design, permit and construct an accessible pathway from the existing public sidewalk along the street right-of-way to the lower library entrance as well as demolition and removal of the existing fountain.
The work site is known as “Lee Memorial Park" and is operated and maintained by the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department.
The fountain, located on the north side of the Central Library, was originally constructed circa 1951 through a donation from Peter P. Lee. Originally, the fountain was to be placed along Whatcom Creek, downstream of City Hall, but was instead installed at the new library which opened in 1951.
The fountain and its components are deteriorated beyond repair and have been inoperable for several years. The fountain will be removed and the concrete walkway will be restored to match the surrounding walkway elevation.
A new accessible pathway will be constructed to connect the upper sidewalk area to the lower library entrance. The 6 foot wide concrete pathway will run from the sidewalk at the northwest corner of the park, at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Lottie Street and connect near the existing stairway.
Park Impact Fees
Design and bidding will occur in July and August, with construction this fall.