New paths make Pioneer Park more accessible and attractive

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Paths have been installed between the cabins in Pioneer Park (October 19, 2018). Photo: My Ferndale News

The Pioneer Park pathways project has finished and a ribbon cutting has been scheduled for next Friday.

The ADA-compliant concrete paths have been treated and stamped to have a surface similar to a boardwalk and connect the cabins in Pioneer Park.

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Closeup of the concrete surface on the paths installed between the cabins in Pioneer Park (October 19, 2018). Photo: My Ferndale News
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1,400 feet of 5-foot wide concrete pathways are expected to allow all visitors, including those using walkers and other means of assistance, easier access to the cabins than was possible on the grass, especially during wet weather.

The paths were paid for using a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. City staff credit Representative Luanne Van Werven for ensuring money for the project was in the 2018 Supplemental to the 2017-19 Capital Budget.

The ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Friday, November 2nd at 12:30pm at the main gate to the park.

Pioneer Park is a primary tourism destination for Ferndale. Since 1935, the Old Settlers Association has moved over a dozen abandoned pioneer structures, many built in the 1800s, to the 4-acre park. In 1972, the Old Settlers Association turned the property over to the City of Ferndale to be operated as a public park. The park is open from mid-May to mid-September for guided public tours led by volunteers in pioneer attire.

 

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