Ferndale Heritage Society officials put out an advisory to members after they found Pioneer Park closed this morning due to the beginning of the 1st of 2 projects expected to keep the park closed the remainder of the tour season.
Heritage Society officials said they were expecting work to begin August 6th so it was a surprise when they arrived this morning to “unload” cabins after last weekend’s Whatcom Old Settlers Picnic and found “CLOSED” signs posted at the gates.
Heritage Society officials had announced earlier this month, “Pioneer Park and the cabins will be closed on August 6th for the season.” The closure was due to Pioneer Park being the scene of 2 projects this summer.
During the first project, natural gas lines will be laid to most cabins this week and next. This will enable heating cabins that haven’t been serviced by propane in the past and to provide the option to replace propane for those that have according to City Public Works Capital Projects Manager Katy Radder.
The second project will connect the cabins in Pioneer Park with ADA-compliant sidewalks. The sidewalks will allow all visitors, including those using walkers and other means of assistance, to travel between the cabins more easily than on grass, especially during wet weather. The sidewalks will consist of stamped colored concrete using a wooden boardwalk design.
This park sidewalks will follow on the heels of sidewalks being installed outside the park along Cherry Street. The Cherry Street sidewalks and the Pioneer Park sidewalks were combined into one project and the Cherry Street sidewalks will be done first to ensure they are ready in time for the start of school, Radder said.
The sidewalks in Pioneer Park are being done using a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce for $165,000.