NW Parks and Recreation district update
By Terry Johnson
The park and recreation district commissioners have been hard at work during the months of July and August. They have been working on the summer programs, master plan steering committee, and working with community groups in a cooperative effort to expand their programs.
The master plan steering committee’s first meeting was held on July 28 with over 30 citizens in attendance. Of these, 25 were appointed members to the committee.
They have begun to be organized into small groups, and their main task will be to get citizens involved in the planning process.
The final results from the steering committee and its task forces will be a road map that will give the direction for the district’s future. The committee is still in need of members, especially from different youth groups, and parents of school-age children.
• The district-wide campfire was July 19 at Semiahmoo Spit, and was hosted by Nate and Shelly Button. The 35 people in attendance enjoyed the traditional s’mores.
Other activities were sing-a-longs, throwing Frisbees, story telling and bagpipes.
• Tennis lessons were held this summer at the high school tennis courts for middle school age groups. They were conducted by Amanda Dahl, assistant tennis coach at the high school.
• A new water color class will start September 11 and end October 30. The instructor is Nancy Grigsby, who is well known in the northwest for her artistic talents. The class will be at the United Church Of Christ and the time is 1 – 3 p.m.
• Ted Morris, our chairperson, will be hosting the Bay to Bay Bike Ride. It will start at Bay Horizon County Park and end at the Blaine Marina. The date and time is September 13 from 9 a.m. – noon. All participants are encouraged to meet at Bay Horizon for starting nourishments as well as refreshments at the finish line.
• Annyse Rayne will be conducting belly dance lessons starting September 30 at the Blaine Senior/ Community center. Dennis Day would like to instruct Tae Kwon Do. He will be meeting with district staff to discuss a location.
• Brochures and registration forms for classes may be picked up at the park and recreation office at 380 H Street in Blaine, and you may want to drop in and visit with Linda for further information during our office hours Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• The park district has also been working with several community groups to enhance their programs.
• The Salishan neighborhood group conducted a petition drive for an accessible port-a-pottie for Salishan Park. They gathered over 45 signatures. The Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 and the city of Blaine entered into an inter-local agreement. This enabled the park district to have a restroom placed at the park, and the district is paying for the cost for the remaining season.
• At our August 12 meeting, the district decided to assist the Bellingham Power Squadron with registration for their boating safety classes this year.
For more information on any of these activities or volunteering to assist the district, stop by their office at 380 “H” Street in Blaine.