Playbook Winter 2021

Bellingham Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide

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Family/Community www.cob.org/parks • (360) 778-7000 13 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE Photo by Amy Brown Join us, Monday January 18th, in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King not only championed civil rights, he also inspired the environmental justice movement through his concern for the urban environment. This year, we have many options available for you to give back to your community – in your own backyard, neighborhood, or local park. Help improve local wildlife habitat and make our communities healthier for all! Learn more about the opportunities to get involved below and at www.cob.org/volunteer-mlk. Stewardship in Your Backyard Restore wildlife habitat in your own backyard or neigh- borhood under the recommendations of City experts. Enhancing habitat attracts birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, beautifies our neighborhoods, and improves air and water quality, which benefits everyone in our community. Visit our Backyard Habitat Restoration website for tips and ideas on how you can safely remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs, and improve soil and water quality, all while having fun with your family and neighbors. www.cob.org/backyard-habitat Become a Park Steward Adopt your local park, trail or open space for MLK Day and beyond! Park Stewards are long-term volunteers who work independently after receiving training and direction. Park Stewards can volunteer individually or as a group, up to 5 people. This is a great way to get the whole family involved! Learn more about how to get involved in habitat restoration at: www.cob.org/parkvolunteer. Park Steward-Led Community Work Parties Spend the day giving back by joining one of our small-scale community-led work parties taking place throughout the city. Below are just a few of the sites offered. n Connelly Creek Nature Area n Cornwall Rose Garden n Fairhaven Park n Railroad Trail n Roosevelt Nature Area n Salmon Woods n 16th St. Trail n Squalicum Creek Park n Whatcom Falls Park Masks required and COVID safety guide- lines must be followed. Tools, gloves, and direction provided. No previous volunteer experience necessary. All ages welcome. See our website for our full list. Group size is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register early! www.cob.org/parkvolunteer PARKS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

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