Author: Riley Sweeney

New ADA Parking Coming to Downtown Ferndale

Over the next couple of days, the Public Works crew will be installing markings and signs for four new ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) parking spaces in downtown Ferndale. All the spaces will be van accessible, although the space next to the City Annex will be the only one with adjacent striping. These spaces are part of the City’s effort to increase access to our downtown core to all our residents, no matter their mobility.


Applications Being Accepted for Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board Vacancy


Do you love Ferndale Parks and want to see them grow? Interested in encouraging residents to enjoy recreational activities or just spend more time outside and moving around? We want to hear from you!

The City of Ferndale is accepting applications for an open seat on the Ferndale Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB). PRTAB assess the community’s park and recreational facilities, programs, needs and costs, makes recommendations to the City Council for the care, management, supervision, improvement and budgeting for City parks and recreational facilities and provides recommendations related to the updating of the City’s Parks Master Plan.

The Board meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at City Hall.

Applicant selected will serve until August 31st, 2019, with an opportunity to be reappointed for another four year term after that. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. June 30th, 2017. For more information on the commission and applying, visit the PRTAB section of the website.  For an application, click here.

Invitation to Bid for Gateway North Stormwater Project




City Project No. SW2015-03 

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 June 28, 2017, at 3:00 PM, and will then and there be opened and publicly read for the Gateway North Stormwater Project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This contract provides for the installation of approximately 1,400 linear feet of 12 inch, 48 inch, and 60 inch storm sewer main, from approximately the intersection of Main Street and Riverside Drive, then northwesterly to the Nooksack River.  Work will include trench excavation; storm sewer installation; connection to existing storm sewer; removing existing structures; 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 June 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM 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.


Seeking Grant Applications for 2018 Tourism Activities

Do you have a good idea for some tourism-related activities? We are now accepting applications for our Hotel-Motel Grant Program!idea_guy

This program uses funds collected when people stay at local hotels, motels or RV parks to help encourage additional tourism in Ferndale.

Funding from the program may be used, directly by local jurisdictions, or indirectly through a convention and visitors bureau or destination marketing organization, for the marketing and operations of special events and festivals and to support the operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned by nonprofit organizations described under section 501(c)(3) and section 501(c)(6) of the internal revenue code of 1986, as amended.

The Hotel-Motel Grant Program is managed by the Communications Officer, and recommendations on funding are made by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to the City Council, which has final say over allocation of funding.

DEADLINE IS AUGUST 4TH, 2017. No exceptions. You can find the application here.

If you have questions, please contact Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or by e-mail.

Note – the application has been updated from previous years to reduce the paperwork burden, please read through the new requirements if you are a returning applicant.

Volunteer Clean Up Scheduled for June 17th at Oxford Park


The Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board is holding a volunteer clean up day at Oxford Park, Saturday June 17th from 10am-Noon. Participants will be painting the play equipment, weeding, and improving the park. This is the second in a series of volunteer events focused on our smaller neighborhood parks located throughout the city, the last event focused on Flair Park. Volunteers are invited to bring their own gloves.

Oxford Park is located at 6160 Malloy Avenue. The 1.2-acre park includes a half basketball court, picnic table and bench, children’s play equipment and an open grassy area. A small creek runs through a portion of the park, the land was dedicated to the City in August 1991.

For any questions, please call Riley Sweeney, Communications Officer at (360) 685-2353 or email by clicking here.

Are you ready for the Great Ferndale Treasure Hunt?

Participants can now grab a scorecard and prepare for the Great Ferndale Treasure Hunt, starting July 1st. 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.

Participants will search for treasure and explore their city to score points. Teams with the most points at the end of the month will receive some of our excellent prizes! This contest is free to the public and open to all ages. Clues will be distributed by social media and posted at City Hall, the Ferndale Library and the Ferndale Visitor Center.

Rules, details and scorecards are posted at There is a video outlining the contest at, please share through social media with the hashtag #FerndaleTreasure.

New Art Display Comes to Griffintown Courtesy of PRTAB, Councilmember Xczar


Continuing a series of art exhibits at Griffintown Park, Councilmember Rebecca Xczar along with the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB) has installed a new display. The installation is temporary, like those earlier this year, and in the fall of 2016. The current display, “Create”, “Love” and a third word that will be installed over the course of this week are intended to generate conversation and interest in our parks.

“This is another part of PRTAB’s goal to share positive messages with the community,” said Xczar. “The final word will be completed over the week so people can use their imagination as the art display develops.”

Art is public spaces helps bring more attention to our parks, and encourage the public to use them. If you are interested in our parks, or our summer recreational activities (“Summer of Fun”), consider getting involved in the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board.

Traffic Impact on Ferndale Road May 24th from 7:00a.m.-3:30p.m.

Ferndale Road between Cherry Street and Ulrich Road will be reduced to one lane alternating traffic from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 24th. Flaggers will be on site directing traffic. This traffic revision is necessary to allow for the City’s Public Works Crew to make street improvements.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact the Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

City and School District Host Operation Blue Panther

Central Students during Operation Blue Panther

Central Elementary students during Operation Blue Panther

Safety continues to be a priority for Ferndale School District and the City of Ferndale. Last Friday, May 19, the district, in partnership with the City of Ferndale, Ferndale Police and Whatcom Unified, conducted its fourth table-top training exercise of this school year. The exercise, called Operation Blue Panther, was held at Central Elementary School.

The drill began at approximately 9:50 a.m. and concluded at 11:30 a.m. The scenario involved the breach of the Nooksack River over the Ferndale dike which would cause the flooding of the area surrounding Central School. Once the drill began, staff put the school’s flood plan into action, evacuating students from an assembly to “higher ground,” namely the second floor of Central School, and the library on the first floor. Teachers kept their attendance sheets and were able to assess that all students were accounted for. This part of the drill was completed in an impressive eight minutes. Then, students resumed their regular school day and the table-top exercise with agency representatives continued for another 90 minutes.

The purpose of our training exercises is to prepare the school district personnel, city personnel, law enforcement officers and other first responders to respond effectively to an emergency at one of Ferndale’s schools. The exercise allowed the participants to make sure school district staff and students know what actions they should take in an emergency of this kind. We were able to identify areas of improvement in our emergency plans and our coordinated efforts continue to build strong relationships with the agencies in our community and greater Whatcom County.

The City of Ferndale and Ferndale School District share a common goal of keeping our children safe at school which means we are as ready as possible for any emergency.

Central Elementary School serves 319 students, and has 14 teachers and approximately 15 support staff. The exercise is named after Central Elementary’s mascot, the Panther, and school color, blue.

More information about student safety is available at