FERNDALE, Wash. — Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) recently awarded a grant to the Lummi Nation to help fund the development of a community park at the southwest corner of Haxton Way and Slater Road, across Haxton Way from the Silver Reef Hotel, Casino & Spa.
A $350,000 Youth Athletic Facilities RCO grant was awarded for Phase I of the Lummi Nation Community Park project.
According to the RCO, the Lummi Nation will use this grant to build a 7-acre park with two multipurpose fields, connecting paths, and support facilities.
The project will include:
- a gravel parking lot
- drainage and irrigation
- batting and pitching machine enclosures
- paved parking for people with disabilities
- a paved trail
- a paved spectator court
- initial landscaping
The Lummi Nation is expected to contribute more than $1.9 million in cash toward the $2.4-million project and potentially add a grant from the state Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
The grant application received the support of Lummi Nation School, Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, Ferndale Mayor Jon Mutchler, Senator Doug Ericksen, State Representative Luanne Van Werven and Whatcom County Health Department and Parks and Recreation.
Ferndale Mayor and candidate for reelection Jon Mutchler said in his letter of support, “Once built, the baseball facility will add needed playing field capacity to Whatcom County’s Northwest Soccer Fields where soccer, softball and baseball camps are currently held.”
This is the beginning of what is planned to be an expansive sports facility covering a 37-acre parcel.
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