The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) provides recommendations
on plans and programs designed to enable the Department of Parks and
Recreation to maintain and improve city parks and provide recreation
programs for the general welfare of the people of the city. The PRAB advises
the City Council, Mayor, Department of Parks and Recreation Director, and
other city departments. A major PRAB objective is to develop public interest
in the Parks and Recreation Department's activities and to solicit, to the
fullest extent possible, participation of community groups, the general
public, and public and private agencies.
Typical Activities and Actions
The PRAB recommends facility development plans and advises on annual and
6-year plans. It reviews and helps modify or create individual park
development plans. The board makes recommendations about Bellingham parks
programming priorities and fees. The board also attends hearings and advises
on controversial issues.
Board Meetings and External Activities
PRAB meetings are typically held on the second Wednesday of each
month at 7:00 a.m. in the Mayor's Board Room at City Hall unless
stated otherwise on the
meeting agenda. Meetings last approximately two hours. Time spent
outside of meetings varies with the degree of participation by each
board member. See Meetings and
Events for currently scheduled meetings.
Board Member Requirements
The board consists of eleven members appointed by the Mayor. Ten
members are selected at large from the citizenry of Bellingham and the
Bellingham School District Superintendent recommends one board member to
the Mayor. To be eligible to serve on the board an individual:
- Must be a citizen and electorate of the city;
- Must be a resident of the state for at least three years;
- Must be a resident of the city for at least two years;
- Cannot be employed by the City of Bellingham;
PRAB membership is three years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.
Additionally, one student representative from a city school may be appointed
at the mayor's discretion to serve a one year term. No compensation is paid
to board members.
Considering an Application?
application to the PRAB should be willing and able to
review and discuss all topics that come before the board with an open mind
and during the decision making process act for the general welfare of the
people of the City, as stated in this board's charter. The following are
considered positive attributes for potential PRAB member candidates:
- Be willing and able to regularly attend monthly meetings;
- Be willing and able to regularly attend other board meetings as an
- Be prepared for said meetings and provide appropriate and timely
- Always act as an advocate for all Bellingham citizens;
- Keep an open mind during discussions;
- Set-aside personal issues, agendas and disagreement;
- Be considerate of others and other opinions.