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Many Ferndale businesses plan to curtail operations to help build Star Park

star park sm grfxAccording to city staff, there still remains a big need for people to sign up to join the volunteer effort that will be out in what is forecast to be unseasonably warm weather to build large playground structures adjacent to the parking lot south of Pioneer Park. The structure is planned to be called “Star Park.”

But also according to city staff, several local businesses and organizations have made commitments in very big ways. For some it will be to feed the hundreds of volunteers and for others they will be enabling employees to leave work to be part of the community effort.

In addition to the lengthy list of donors previously published here, it should be noted the following are providing meal services:

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Ferndale Kiwanis
Silver Reef Catering
Kelly’s O’Deli Catering
Chihuahuas Family Mexican Restaurant
United Church of Ferndale
Cornerstone Community Church
Coconut Kenny’s
Whatcom New Life Assembly
Little Caesars
Woods Coffee
Rocket Donuts
Avenue Bread
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The following businesses are contributing employees and those in bold are going so far as to be partially or completely closing their business for a short time so employees can help.

Samson Rope
Let’s Work Lawn Care
Excel Physical Therapy
Locker Room Fitness

Capstone Physical Therapy
Port of Bellingham
RE/MAX Whatcom County
First American Title
Windwood Landscape Service
NW Shippers Inc

Special mention goes to all 120 staff and students of Windward High School who have committed to participating in the build effort.

It is not too late to sign up for a shift and/or to loan tools to the effort. The following list was recently published by the city indicating what tools they are in need of:

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Drills – 3/8 inch, Heavy Duty Reversible (need 38 more)
25’ extension cords: 54 more
Hammers – 31 more
Hard hats – 19 more
Levels – 29 more
Orbital Jig Saws – 6 more
Rakes -– 3 more
Routers -3/8” corner round bits – 12 needed
Safety glasses – 20 more
Circular saws – 26 more
Squares – 25 more (combination squares)
Squares – framing – 20 more
Tape measures: 42 more
Tent or Awning – at least 16×16
Utility knives – 7 more
Wheelbarrows – 8 more

Anyone with the ability to provide any of the above tools is asked to email contact information and a list of which tools to City of Ferndale Planning Coordinator Jenny Welters at

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