Author: Riley Sweeney

City Announces “Summer of Fun”, Events in Ferndale Parks


The City of Ferndale is organizing a series of recreational events under the banner of “Summer of Fun”. Designed to get residents to explore and enjoy the City parks, these events are free and open to everyone. The events were chosen based on a survey of the public conducted by the Parks Board in January, which received over 375 responses.

“The ‘Summer of Fun’ is a great opportunity for people to get out, get moving around and even meet their neighbors,” said Riley Sweeney, Communications Officer with the City of Ferndale and lead organizer for the events. “I hope to see everyone in Ferndale show up to at least one of these exciting activities.”

Here is the complete list of events. More information and details are each event are available at

April 6th and 7th – Glow in the Dark Croquet, starting at Dusk. Join your friends and neighbors for a casual game of Glow in the Dark Croquet at Griffintown Park. All ability levels welcome. Games begin at Dusk, bring your own flashlight.

May 10th – Birdwatching on the Nooksack, starting at 10am. Strap on your walking shoes and discover some of the incredible birds and plants along the Nooksack River. The walking tour will be provided by the North Cascades Audubon Society, and will begin at the Centennial Riverwalk Park. The walk is under a mile, although participants are welcome to go as far as they feel comfortable. Bring your own binoculars.

June 2nd – Star Park Anniversary, starting at 5:30pm. Calling all Star Park volunteers, donors and enthusiasts to join us for a one-year anniversary in honor of the largest volunteer event in the history of Ferndale! Join us at Star Park for live music, food trucks (bring your own cash) and prizes. Share your favorite Star Park stories and enjoy the park in all its wonder.

July 2017 – The Great Ferndale Treasure Hunt. Thanks to a generous grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation, the City is hosting a city-wide scavenger hunt during the month of July. Participants will be encouraged to connect with their neighbors, explore our parks and discover new and wonderful things about Ferndale.

Teams can sign up in June, with the first clue being released July 1st. Clues will be distributed by social media and posted at City Hall. Follow the fun with #FerndaleTreasure.

July 14th – Flicks in the Park. Grab your blankets and come on down to Pioneer Park for an outdoor movie. This event is sponsored by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce but so many people requested a movie in the park on our survey, we included it as part of “Summer of Fun”. Movie to be determined.

July 22nd – Field Games, starting at 1pm. Sack races! Tug-o-war! Egg toss! Water balloon fights! The City is hosting an afternoon of Field Games for all ages at VanderYacht Park, so bring clothes you can get dirty and join us for some old fashioned fun.

August 12th – Music in the Park, starting at 6pm. Kick up your heels for some music in the park. Join us for a concert in Pioneer Park that will get you moving and dancing. Bring your own blanket or dancing partner.

August 23rd – Storytellers in the Park, starting at 1pm. Gather round and hear some delightful, enchanting or just plain hilarious stories presented by professional storytellers at Pioneer Park. Young children welcome and encouraged to attend.

September 1st – Last Bite of Summer, starting at 5:30pm. Join us one more time at Star Park for food trucks, music and one more evening in the sun before summer slips away.





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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by CITY OF FERNDALE that sealed bid proposals will be received by the City of Ferndale at Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington, 98248, (360) 384-4006, until March 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM, and will then and there be opened and publicly read for the Portal Way Overlay Project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Work will include traffic control; crack sealing; pavement repair; pavement geotextile fabric placement, HMA paving; and other work in accordance with the Contract Plans, Special Provisions, the Standard Specifications, including the amendments thereto, and Standard Plans.

Bid Guaranty

All bid proposals shall be accompanied by a bid proposal deposit in cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or surety bond in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the amount of such bid proposal.  Should the successful bidder fail to enter into such contract and furnish satisfactory performance bond and payment bond both in an amount of 100 percent (100%) of the contract price within the time stated in the specifications, the bid proposal deposit shall be forfeited to the City of Ferndale.  All bidders and subcontractors shall have a contractor’s license to work in the State of Washington and a City of Ferndale Business License before starting work. All work performed on this project will be subject to prevailing state wage rates.

Project Documents:

Maps, plans, and specifications may be obtained from the Ferndale City Hall upon payment in the amount of $50 for specifications and plan sets.  Informational copies of maps, plans and specifications are on file for inspection in the Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington 98248.  An electronic version of the project plans and specifications are available for download on the City of Ferndale website at if you download the bid documents you are required to contact the City to be added to the planholders’ list.

Pre-Bid Conference

Bidders, prior to submittal of a bid, may attend a pre-bid conference with the Project Engineer.  The meeting will start on March 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington 98248.  A jobsite visit may follow upon request.

The City of Ferndale in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-Assisted Programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 26 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award.

The City of Ferndale is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Minority and Women-Owned firms are encouraged to submit bids.

Susan Duncan

City Clerk – City of Ferndale

Ferndale Record Journal – Published March 1 and 8, 2017

“The Great Ferndale Treasure Hunt” Planned for July


Thanks to a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation, the City of Ferndale is hosting a city-wide scavenger hunt during the month of July. Participants will be encouraged to connect with their neighbors, explore our parks and discover new and wonderful things about Ferndale.

This contest will be free to the public, and teams can sign up in June, with the first clue being released July 1st. Clues will be distributed by social media and posted at City Hall.

Participants can receive points for finding the hidden treasure in Ferndale Parks. Participants can also score points for completing tasks that connect them with their community such as talking to a veteran, meeting a neighbor or discovering a part of Ferndale’s history.

Each week, new clues and challenges will be announced, with the goal of completing as many as possible before the end of the month. Prizes and awards will be announced at the Old Settlers Picnic at the end of July.

This event is part of the recreation activities sponsored by the City of Ferndale this summer and is made possible by the Project Neighborly grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation.


Don’t Drip and Drive – Fix That Leak!

dont-drip-and-driveConcerned that your car might be leaking? Did you know that even a single drop on your driveway can mean a shorter lifespan for your car? Plus, leaks are the largest polluters of Puget Sound, so it’s also having a huge impact on the health of our local waters.

Don’t Drip and Drive offers free auto leaks workshops to help you learn about your car and make sound choices for Puget Sound!

  • Workshops are taught by certified automotive instructors from local, participating technical schools.
  • Workshops are open to EVERYONE in the Puget Sound region.
  • Workshops include a 2 hour class about basic automotive systems, maintenance and information about the impacts of leaks.
  • Each class participant has the option to stay up to 2 hours later to have their vehicle inspected by the class instructor.

Register here for one of four workshops at the Bellingham Technical College this spring:

March 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

April 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

May 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

June 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You can learn more about how to protect our local waters at

Connie Faria Appointed to Planning Commission

Connie Faria

Connie Faria

At the February 6th council meeting, the City Council confirmed Mayor Mutchler’s appointment of Connie Faria to the Planning Commission. Faria served on the Ferndale City Council from 2007-2011 and was a member of the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board.

“Connie is a smart, capable nominee and will provide an excellent perspective to the commission,” said Mutchler. “I’m excited to have her as part of the Planning Commission.”

The Planning Commission reviews the Comprehensive Plan, sections of the Ferndale Municipal Code, the City’s official Zoning Map, and the Shoreline Master Program and makes recommendations to the City Council. The Commission meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday after the first Monday of the month at City Council Chambers, 5694 Second Ave. You can find their agendas and minutes by clicking here.

Mayor and City Administrator Advocate for Ferndale in Olympia


Mayor Mutchler and Administrator Young

Yesterday, Mayor Jon Mutchler and City Administrator Greg Young traveled to Olympia to lobby legislators on behalf of Ferndale’s interests. The State Legislature is in session and discussing a wide range of topics that affect city efforts. Mutchler and Young met with Rep. Luanne Van Werven and Rep. Vincent Buys, legislators that represent Ferndale in the state house.

“It’s important that Ferndale’s voice is heard in the halls of Olympia, and I’m proud to report that our meetings with Buys and Van Werven were very productive,” said Mutchler.

Mutchler and Young also met with a few other legislators and shared their perspective on regional issues. All the meetings were set up by Brian Enslow, a lobbyist retained by the City starting in 2017.

You can find the City’s 2017 legislative priorities by clicking here.

New Art Ready to “Inspire” at Griffintown Park

Councilmember Rebecca Xczar, on behalf of the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB) has installed a new, temporary art feature at Griffintown Park. Using reflective tape on the fence adjoining the park, she (with the help of a few volunteers) created the word “Inspire”.




Xczar said the piece is aimed at “inspiring people to get involved and love our parks. The PRTAB hopes to bring people out to enjoy our beautiful parks as we spend this year working together to spruce them up and spend time doing recreational activities.”

This piece is one in a series of temporary art installations. Previous pieces include the “Before I Die” project, and Mandala display. The City Council approved the recommendation of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to fund materials for art displays in the Ferndale Parks in 2017 and “Inspire” is the first project with funding.

Why the word “Inspire”? “I wanted to share something positive, something that would remind people that we all have something to offer to make our world a better place,” said Xczar.

PRTAB meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at City Hall. Currently, the PRTAB is seeking feedback from the public on their proposed recreational activities. You can find their survey here.

"Inspire" in progress

“Inspire” in progress



Streetlight LED Conversion Project to Start Early February 2017


Starting in the next couple of weeks, if you live north of Thornton Street, you may notice a two-man crew and bucket truck in your neighborhood. Work is scheduled to begin on the first phase of a yearlong process to install new LED fixtures on our older streetlight systems. The Relight Washington program is funded by the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) and is being carried out by Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Aimed at improving street light infrastructure and lowering cities’ street light bills across the state, Ferndale will benefit as each old fixture is converted to more energy efficient LEDs.

For more information about this project, including work schedules, locations, cost savings and benefits to LED lighting systems, please check out the project page at or call the Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Douglas Road and Ferndale Terrace to Reopen Monday Jan 30th.

After the weather impacts that lead to closing Douglas Road and Ferndale Terrace last week, Public Works has been assessing the road damage and making repairs to the road surface.

Paving is scheduled for Monday, Jan 30th, and the roads will be reopened with no restrictions after that is complete, provided the weather cooperates. If this schedule changes for any reason, the City will update the public through our website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter).

Prep work begins on damaged road sections

Prep work begins on damaged road sections

Currently the Public Works crew is preparing the road surface for paving, so the closures will remain in place for the weekend and Monday morning. The City appreciates everyone’s cooperation with all traffic controls until the roads can be safely reopened.

For more information, contact the Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Prep work on Douglas Road

Prep work on Douglas Road