With more than 25 acres of recreation area, the newly opened Cordata Park offers another COVID-safe destination for Bellinghamster to enjoy. The park boasts more than a mile of trails, along with rolling grass hills, expertly crafted foot bridges, and eye-catching sculptures.
The park officially opened in September, creating an outdoor haven for children and parents alike. Kids can enjoy a splash pad and a variety of fully accessible playground obstacles. For the rest of the family, there’s an adult-sized Twister game, a parkour obstacle course, exercise equipment, and a paved pump track. Other features include a large covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a parking lot able to accommodate 71 cars.
The new park is the result of years of planning and work. In 2008, the city recognized the need for a park and constructed Julianna Park, a wooded area west of Cordata Park. Julianna Park has a wide expanse of open grass and an abundance of trails, but the neighborhood still lacked a developed park space.
In 2015, the land for Cordata park was purchased and planning began. While hiccups occurred on the wetland area along the way, City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department landscape architect, Jonathan Schilk, worked diligently to design a beautiful park with the least amount of environmental impact possible.
Cordata Park is the first in the area and serves over 8,000 residents within a one-mile radius. With social distancing guidelines still in place, the playground equipment and parkour obstacle course are not accessible during this time, but will open to the public as restrictions lift.
4510 Cordata Pkwy., Bellingham
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