​Bloedel Donavan park at dawn - photo by Lou Nicksic image

​Bloedel Donavan park at dawn - photo by Lou Nicksic

Bloedel Donovan Park Master Plan Amendment and Improvement


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.  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.

Construction of stormwater improvements, native planting and the Whatcom Rowing Association Boathouse projects were completed in 2014 and 2015.  Future improvements at the park are pending funding.

Studies and Reports


Affected Neighborhoods

    Silver Beach

Participating Departments

    Parks and Recreation; Public Works