COVID-19 and WMBC 

COVID-19 UPDATE | April 1st

Bellingham Parks are still allowing people to use trails and open spaces like Padden, Whatcom Falls, 100 Acre woods, Cornwall, etc. Pump Track, Dirt Jumps, sport courts, playgrounds and other facilities are closed, but bathrooms are still open (and being sanitized daily at minimum).

Port of Bellingham - Waterfront bike park is closed, but trails on Port property along the waterfront are open.

State Parks gates are locked and facilities are closed. Trail access is still currently allowed at Larrabee.

Whatcom County Parks are still allowing trail access. Bathrooms are currently open (and being sanitized daily at minimum).

DNR has closed access to ALL of their state managed lands...that includes trailheads and trails. Locally, that means Blanchard (Oyster Dome, Lily/Lizard Lake, British Army, Samish Overlook, etc.) is 100% closed. Same with North Mountain in Darrington and areas further south like Tiger Mountain and Raging River.

Galbraith is still open, but we are asking people to not drive to the trailheads. Per the stay at home directives, if you have to drive somewhere to recreate, should you be going there? Limit your groups, keep your distance and follow COVID-19 Protocols.

 

USFS - Federal trails are still technically open, but bathrooms, day-use  areas, parking and facilities are closed. That said, unless you live in Glacier or have easy access to USFS land off of 20, then you would need to drive out to these lands and should be following the stay at home directives.

COVID-19 UPDATE | March 24th

As of March 24th, the City of Bellingham Parks and the Port of Bellingham have decided to close down the Whatcom Falls Pump Track, Civic Dirt Jumps and Waterfront Bike Park are all being CLOSED. Closed signs and flagging will be up by tomorrow. This closure includes all park facilities like playgrounds, fenced dog areas, sport courts and disc golf.

 

What is Open?

At this point, our parks, open spaces and trails are still open - that includes Chuckanut, Stewart, Lookout, Blanchard and Galbraith. Again, consider the time you are out on trails and recreating solo or only with the people in your household. If you meet up with a friend or two, keep your distance while outside. We will be installing signage at Kiosks and trailheads by Thursday of this week.

 

PARKING:
We are asking folks to run, ride or hike to the trails - if possible. If you are parking in front of someone's house, you could be asymptomatic and unknowingly exposing neighbors. If you must drive, how about parking at Kulshan Middle School or Lake Padden and riding a little extra distance?

 

More about the City's closure response here.

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UPDATE: Organized Events, Trail Days and Youth Classes

With the serious situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the WMBC has decided to postpone all organized events, trail days and youth classes until further notice. We’ll continue to follow the recommendations of our local, state and federal agencies on prevention and do what we can to help flatten the curve of viral transmission.

Many of you have already been out practicing social distancing on the trails. During these next several weeks, we’ll all need to get outside for our own mental and physical health, we are incredibly lucky to have easy access to parks and trails. If you head out for a ride, run, or hike, follow the guidelines by staying at least 6 feet apart and keep your groups to under 10 people (ideally less). Instead of the obligatory high five when you see a friend on the trail (and, trust us, you will), remember to give them an elbow bump or my personal favorite, the Kid n Play foot tap. Also, consider the implications of an injury and how it might affect an already stressed medical system...it's a good time to pass on that feature you've been meaning to hit! If you're feeling sick or exhibiting any symptoms, follow the guidance of the CDC & local health professionals, stay home and contact your health provider.

We also encourage you to support our local businesses any way you safely can do so. For instance, consider buying gift cards that you can utilize at a later date. Most of our local breweries and restaurants (who are also key supporters of the WMBC) are open for to-go orders. This is going to be a rough time for our business friends and we’re all in this together and want them to be here after this all blows over!

On Saturday, Structures Brewing and Brouwer's Cafe are releasing their Loam Temple collaboration beer and we had planned a trail day along with an after-party beer release with proceeds going to the WMBC. The trail day is postponed, but you can still swing in and get to-go cans of Loam Temple on Saturday and help support Structures and the WMBC.

 

Stay healthy and we’ll see you soon!

Eric

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