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Dan Barry appointed to the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board

At the Dec. 4th meeting, the City Council appointed Dan Barry to the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board, after a recent bylaws change allows the advisory body to have up to nine members.

Barry attended Ferndale High School in the early 90’s and went on to attend Whatcom Community College. He currently lives in Ferndale with his wife Jayne and six year old daughter Madeline – who is continuing the tradition of attending Ferndale schools. Mr. Barry works for COUNTRY Financial in Barkley Village and provides insurance products that protect his customers from the financial burdens associated with difficult life events. Mr. Barry looks forward to serving on the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board and bringing his years of public service knowledge back to his hometown.

The Parks, Recreation & Trails Advisory Board 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.

Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays on Eaton Avenue – December 7, 2017 and December 8, 2017

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Thursday, December 7, 2017 and Friday, December 8, 2017 from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Eaton Avenue

Drivers should expect potential delays and consider alternate routes as Eaton Avenue will be closed to thru traffic on Thursday, December 7, 2017 and Friday, December 8, 2017 from 7:00am to 7:00pm.  Eastbound traffic will be detoured via Second Avenue to Portal Way to Eaton Avenue. Westbound traffic will be detoured via Portal Way to Second Avenue to Eaton Avenue. This closure is associated with a private development project.

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

Greg Crim Appointed to Planning Commission

Greg Crim

At their December 4th meeting, the City Council confirmed Mayor Mutchler’s appointment of Greg Crim to the Planning Commission by unanimous consent. Crim will be filling a vacancy left by Victor Boulos Jr., who stepped down earlier this year.

Crim is the former executive pastor at Cornwall Church, and currently works as a realtor for Bellweather Real Estate.

“Greg is a game-changer,” said Mayor Jon Mutchler. “He brings land-use experience, good communication skills and a down-to-earth commitment to our community.”

Crim will serve the remainder of Boulos’ term, which lasts until the end of 2018. Planning commission minutes, agendas and materials are available on the city website here.

Public Invited to Explore “The Orange Tunnels” in Griffintown Park


“The Orange Tunnels”

The Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board invites the public to explore “The Orange Tunnels”, the latest in a series of temporary art exhibits at Griffintown Park. This piece was conceived and installed by Councilmember Rebecca Xczar, and is composed of three tunnels and nearly 70,000 feet of string.

“The Orange Tunnels is an interactive art piece that challenges the viewer’s perspective,” said Xczar. “The tunnels change shape depending on the angle of viewing. This gives the viewer an opportunity to reflect and consider how their own perspective gives shape to what they see.” The public is encouraged to carefully walk through the exhibit.

This installation is the capstone in a series of temporary art exhibits at Griffintown Park. It was funded in part by a grant from the Hotel Motel fund and constructed by volunteers.

For more information, please contact Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353. More pictures of the exhibit, and the installation, are available on our facebook page here.

Mosaic Mirror Holiday Workshop Dec. 16th hosted by the Arts Commission

Mosaic Mirror Holiday Workshop

December 16th
Ferndale Library
10:30am – Noon
$5/person, cash at door

Debbie Dickinson, a mosaic tile artist from Bellingham with public works installations from Atlanta to Alaska will be teaching us to create small mirror mosaics. Suitable for teens and adults, children if accompanied by an adult. Class limit 20. To register, send an email to to Loretta Sheldon by clicking here. This workshop is hosted by the Ferndale Arts Commission.

City Launches “Ferndale Made” Initiative to Draw New Business to Ferndale Area

While some cities are making extravagant promises to big online retailers, the City of Ferndale is offering a simple pledge, “Come to Ferndale where great things are made.”

This year, the City of Ferndale launched, a streamlined freestanding microsite that highlights the advantages of locating your business to Ferndale by featuring some of the great businesses already thriving in our City.

“Ferndale is uniquely situated within 90 miles of six million people, ten minutes from an international airport, and is one of the fastest growing cities north of Seattle,” said Community Development Director Jori Burnett. “Rather than just talk about what why Ferndale is a good home for business, we’re showing our record of success.” helps businesses assess hundreds of potential locations in the Ferndale Market Area with robust, customized Ferndale-specific information and a direct line to our Community Development team.

“Here in Ferndale, we have deep industrial roots. We make things and are proud of it,” said Mayor Jon Mutchler. “Whether you are looking to expand your existing facilities or locate a new operation here, we are ready to help you succeed.”

Current Ferndale businesses are encouraged to showcase what they are making using the hashtag #FerndaleMade, and the City will continue to share their successes at The website was designed by local business FizzPop Media, assisted by City Councilmembers Cathy Watson and Greg Hansen and is part of a three-year economic development plan to attract new businesses.

For more information on the Ferndale Made initiative, please explore or contact Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or

Traffic Impacts on Portal Way north of Newkirk Road starting Nov. 16th

The Public Works crew will be preparing the road for repaving starting Thursday, Nov. 16th in the afternoon at Portal Way north of Newkirk Road. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane, alternating traffic. Work will continue Friday, Nov. 17th as the crew paves the repaired section of the road in the morning, weather permitting. Please use caution traveling through this area and obey all traffic directions.

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

Public Invited to Citywide Community Meeting Nov. 14th

Mark your calendars for Nov. 14th, 6:30pm at the Pioneer Pavilion (2007 Cherry St)

Background: A generation ago, this town used to hold a citywide welcoming party for the new families that moved into town. It was an opportunity to meet your new neighbors and to talk about what changes were coming to Ferndale. Two years ago, we revived this tradition and now it is time to hold another one. In the last ten years, over 3,000 people have moved to Ferndale with more on their way. Let’s welcome them with style.

Come to Pioneer Pavilion Tuesday Nov. 14th for a Citywide Community Meeting

2018 is going to be a big year for Ferndale. At this event, you can

  • Learn more about our preparations for the Thornton Street Overcrossing
  • Meet your newly elected council members
  • Share your thoughts about potential new businesses coming to town
  • Provide feedback on our 2017 Parks Activities, and help shape future city events
  • Connect with community groups and non-profits
  • Meet your neighbors!

Open house begins at 6:30pm with a presentation at 7:00pm. If you have any questions, call Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or email him by clicking here.