Bellingham Event Guide v.2

Bellingham Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide

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12 Open Water In the event of an open water swim, event organizers must provide qualified lifeguards and other safety personnel adequate to the safety of participants and staff. Open water boating events must provide safety personnel and vehicles to monitor and rescue participants, if necessary. Open water events must enforce all laws and regulations outlined by the United States Coast Guard. Open water events held at Lake Samish or Lake Whatcom are managed by Whatcom County. Boat Race, John Kienast Parking An important part of the required Event Site Map and/or Traffic Control Plan is a parking plan identifying where event participants, staff, volunteers, and participants in the event are intended to park. City staff will determine whether additional parking is required based on anticipated attendance for similar events and the parking plan feasibility. Event sponsors are encouraged to identify and offer transportation alternatives, such as: Carpools Transit (include routes servicing the event in advertising and/or registration materials) Biking/walking routes (include in advertising and/or registration materials Shuttle(s) Temporary additional bike racks If non-traditional parking or turf areas are proposed for temporary parking, specific details must be provided to indicate parking areas, vehicle access and drive lanes, and precautions to prevent damage to property or people. Information about the number of available parking stalls at City Park facilities is available here. No Parking Signs If metered parking spaces are blocked as a result of the event, they must be posted with "No Parking" signs at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Other parking areas must be posted 72 hours in advance of the event. See Notification topic area for additional information. No Parking signs are inexpensive to purchase, or you can make your own. However, all No Parking signs must comply with the following minimum requirements: Provide the information as shown on the example contained in the Traffic Control Plan guidance document, which is included as an attachment at the end of this Guide Minimum size of 11" x 17" Constructed from heavy cardboard/sign material - laminated or water-resistant Attached with a zip tie or other sturdy material (NOT tape!) Attached to parking meters or to stakes - NOT to trees, light poles, traffic signs, or other existing features in the right- of-way Removed at the conclusion of the event

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