What is Open & Closed in Whatcom County During COVID-19

                                                                                                     Last Updated 5/4/2020

May 5th a few things will start opening back up here in Whatcom County. As things open I plan on keeping you updated with what might be fun for you to do with your kids. 

Below is a list of what is open and closed in the Whatcom County area. I will continue to monitor for new information in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, and Blaine and will update and add to this list accordingly. Keep in mind that this list is accumulated from MANY sources and although I do my best to be accurate, there is room for human error. If you find a mistake, please contact me through the website. 

Washington State is currently in Phase 1 of reopening the state. While we do our best to keep our website up to date, especially with any recent posts, posts may have outdated details as they were written prior to COVID-19. Please check directly with the source for any last-minute changes. For all healthy-related information on COVID-19 visit the Whatcom County Health Department website: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19

Bellingham City Parks

Many people are using the Bellingham park and trail system to get outside, get fresh air and exercise. Please make sure that you are following the Whatcom County Health Department Guidelines and Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order by practicing safe social distancing, keep moving and return home. The City has over 3,400 acres of park land and 80 miles of trails to explore.

What is open & what is closed: 

Currently parks and trails are open with restrictions in place: 

  • Limited community parking
  • Playgrounds, sports courts, fenced dog off leash areas and ballfields are closed
  • Dogs must be on leash
  • no picnicking, sunbathing or hanging out

Restrooms are available at the following parks:  Bel Downer Field, Big Rock Garden, Birchwood, Bloedel Donovan, Boulevard, Broadway, Cornwall, Elizabeth, Fairhaven, Fairhaven Village Green, Forest & Cedar, Lake Padden, Maritime Heritage, Roosevelt, St. Clair,  Squalicum Creek, Whatcom Falls  

Park ambassadors are in the parks helping remind visitors of the guidelines.

City of Bellingham Closures*

A Whatcom County public health emergency has been declared to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The information below details how Port of Bellingham and the City of Bellingham operations and activities have been adjusted to minimize public interaction, increase sanitation, and protect the health of Whatcom County residents.

Currently Closed: 

Waterfront Bike Park
Marine Life Center
Bloedel Donovan Park buildings
Arne Hanna Aquatic Center
Civic Field
Woodstock Farm
Depot Market Square
Park Pavilions

*This information will change as they open

Ferndale City Parks

The City of Ferndale is home to over 14 public parks and several public facilities available for your use. While the parks are open the playgrounds are currently closed. Not much has been updated on the City of Ferndale website so please call to find out if parks are open. 


All Summer Events have been cancelled. 

Blaine/Birch Bay Parks

The City of Blaine has many parks and facilities open for family fun. While the parks are open the playgrounds are currently closed. 

Blaine Annual Events

Lynden Parks

The City of Lynden has many parks that are currently open. The playgrounds are closed. 

For more information visit the City of Lynden website.   

Editor’s Note: Washington State's Stay Home, Stay Healthy Initiative does not expire until at least May 31st but shifting into Phase 1 of “reopening” Washington will happen May 5th. We recognize that this is going to be a confusing period of time with varying opinions on what people should and shouldn’t be doing. For 7 years, Whatcom Kid Insider has been a reliable source of information for our community. We will continue to provide updates on the outdoor spaces and activities that are open under government guidelines. This does not constitute an endorsement or a suggestion that we jump back into a “normal” way of life. Masks are encouraged if you are out in public spaces. During this time we encourage everyone to be informed and choose what they feel is best for their own family.

Whatcom County Parks

There are countless Whatcom County Parks to explore. While all playgrounds remain closed hiking, walking and biking are abundant. From south Bellingham all the way to the border there is a new park to visit every day! 

Here is a list of parks: http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/1913/Parks-Trails

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Whatcom County Parks & Recreation are making the following operational changes until further notice:

  • The following are closed:
    • Shelters 
    • Facilities 
    • Campgrounds  
    • Concessions
    • Playgrounds
    • Drinking Fountains
    • Museums & Historical Home Tours
    • Park Administrative Office and field offices 
    • South Fork Park Equestrian trail head parking lot

  • Camping and Cabins are closed to new reservations
  • Facilities, Shelters and Group Camp are closed to new reservations
  • No new Special Event Permit applications are being accepted
  • Park Commission meetings are suspended

 Families check out these county parks for hours of fun: 

Stimpson Family Nature Reserve

Hiking Trails at Chuckanut Mountain Park

Hovander Homestead Park

Jensen Family Forest Park

Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve - Stairway is currently closed. I do not know if there is another access.

Interurban Trail

Washington State Parks in Whatcom County

We have three state parks here in Whatcom County and they open again on May 5th for day use. Please practice social distance while visiting our state parks. All playgrounds and camping are closed. A Discover Pass is required when visiting.

Birch Bay State Park

Larabee State Park

Peace Arch State Park


Bellingham Farmers Market

Modified Farmers Market Open Weekly
Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm

Click here for more information regarding the Bellingham Farmers Market: https://www.bellinghamfarmers.org/

Fishing in Whatcom County

So many families love to fish together and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will reopen some recreational fishing and hunting in a phased approach following the state’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. The department is asking hunters and anglers to enjoy these outdoor activities only if they can do so locally, while also practicing physical distancing. Below are areas to fish with families in Whatcom County. 

Other Closures in Whatcom County

Indoor Activities

All indoor play areas are closed at this time. Please visit the Whatcom Kid Insider Indoor Activities Guide for a list of local  indoor activities: 

Indoor Play Areas


All libraries are currently closed in Whatcom County until further notice. 

Visit the Whatcom County Library System for online access: https://www.wcls.org/

Visit the Bellingham Public Library website for online access: https://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/


All movie theaters are closed at this time. However, the Pickford Film Center is streaming online during this time: 

Pickford Film Center


All museums in Whatcom County are currently closed.


All Pools in Whatcom County including the Whatcom Family YMCA, Arne Hanna Athletic Center and the Bellingham Athletic Club are currently closed. 

Other Indoor Activities: 

Bellingham Sportsplex - closed

North Coast Gymnastics Academy - closed

Gym Star Sports Center - closed

Summer Camps

I will be working on finding out if any summer camps are planning on registering this summer. Please check back frequently for updates. It's very possible some camps will be open mid summer. 

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