Bellingham Event Guide v.2

Bellingham Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide

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6 Block Parties Block parties meeting the following criteria are not required to pay Special Event review or personnel fees, and the indemnification and insurance requirements shall be waived: 1. The block party has an anticipated attendance of three hundred (300) people or fewer; and 2. The block party will close only a sidewalk or alley abutting a park, an unopened right of way, or residential street segment no more than one (1) block in length; and 3. The block party does not require police service for crowd control. Block parties meeting these conditions may utilize the pre-approved Block Party Traffic Control Plan (TC-340), available from the Public Works Department, in lieu of submitting a separate Traffic Control Plan. Block parties complying with these criteria must still apply for a Special Event permit so the City has record of the event. The City of Bellingham offers a free Neighborhood Block Party Trailer with chairs/tables, games and supplies for closing the street. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at parks@cob.org or 360.778.7000. Boat Launch & Moorage Bellingham has a number of public boat ramps as well as a variety of locations for launching small craft, such as kayaks, for events with a marine or water-based component. Bloedel Donovan Park This boat launch at Lake Whatcom is open year round and launching is free. There is a permit required to launch all motorized craft and non- motorized, hand carried water craft and inflatables over 10' (except Stand Up Paddle Boards). Visit Whatcom Boat Inspections for more information about aquatic invasive species and required inspections. Port of Bellingham The Port of Bellingham maintains two public boat launches on Bellingham Bay. Squalicum Harbor is a year round paved 4-lane ramp. Fairhaven is a seasonal ramp available April through October providing for the needs of small trailer boats. Larrabee State Park The State of Washington maintains a small boat ramp suitable for launching small craft or trailered craft (at high tide). Daily, or annual launch fees apply. Taylor Dock Moorage is available at Taylor Dock in Fairhaven on a first-come, first-served basis between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., with a 2-hour daily limit. The dock is available for recreational use only. Small Craft Bellingham has a number of locations suitable for launching a small human-powered craft such as a kayak, kiteboard or canoe. Lake Padden Marine Park Locust Beach Sea Kayaks, John Kienast Jr.

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