What is Open & Closed in Whatcom County During COVID-19
Last Updated 9/24/20
Whatcom County has now moved into Phase 2! 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.
While we do our best to keep our website up to date, especially with any recent posts, posts may have outdated details as they were written prior to COVID-19.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
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.
*This information will change as they open
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.
Editor’s Note: What Phase 2 means:
- Small social gatherings - inside or outside - are allowed as long as you don’t see more than 5 people in a week, who you don’t live with.
- Outdoor recreation like camping is allowed as long as it involves 5 or fewer people from outside your household. Always check with campgrounds and recreation facilities before you go for any additional rules and restrictions.
- More businesses and services can reopen with restrictions, including remaining manufacturing and construction activity, domestic services such as nannies and house cleaners, retail stores, real estate services, professional services, nail salons, barbers, and pet grooming.
- Restaurants can open at 50% capacity, but without bar seating.
- More information about the safety measures for each business type can be found on the Washington State Safe Start web page.
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.
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:
- 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:
Hiking Trails at Chuckanut Mountain Park
Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve - Stairway is currently closed. I do not know if there is another access.
We have three state parks here in Whatcom County and they are open 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.
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
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:
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:
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.
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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WHATCOM KID INSIDER IS NOT PERSONALLY RECOMMENDING THESE EVENTS. PLEASE CONFIRM THE TIME, DATES & FEES, AS THEY MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE TO WHATCOM KID INSIDER. THANK YOU & MOST OF ALL ENJOY TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY!!