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Thornton Overpass Grand Opening Event December 2, 2023

Thornton Overpass Grand Opening Event – Connecting Ferndale

Please join the City of Ferndale and project partners on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, to celebrate the Thornton Street Overpass with a Grand Opening Event.

The event will begin with an Open House on the Thornton Overpass Bridge at 12:00 PM where guests can chat with the project team, check out City and County transportation vehicles with a special public vehicle showcase, and take in the incredible views before the road opens to public traffic.

At 1:00 PM, there will be a short ribbon cutting celebration, followed by a motorcade of City and County vehicles led by Ferndale Mayor, Greg Hansen. The Overpass will open at 3:00 PM to public traffic.

Walk, bike, skateboard, or sled to join us for this family-friendly celebration in reconnecting our city!

Please note that the Thornton Overpass will be closed to traffic during the event. Event parking will be along Thornton on each end of the new bridge.  Please enter from either the Portal Way/Second Avenue roundabout or Malloy Avenue and park along the curb. The City will have staff members directing traffic to assist with parking.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM     Open House and Public Vehicle Showcase

1:00 PM                            Speeches and Ribbon Cutting Celebration

1:20 PM                             Motorcade

3:00 PM                            Overpass opens to traffic!

Parking information:

For guests with limited mobility, we will have a section of parking on the West end of the bridge, as close to the bridge as possible, just past the Malloy intersection as you make your way to Samson Rope. We will have City Staff assisting with parking, please let them know if you need one of these spots. Please note, parking is limited. If you would like to reserve one of these spots, please email Communications and Community Relations Officer, Megan Juenemann or call 360-685-2353. Also, at each of end of the bridge, we will have a shuttle for guests with limited mobility. Please ask City Staff for assistance or look for the shuttle signs located at the barriers at each end of the bridge.


City Seeks Applications for 2024 Tourism-Related Activities

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

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 Deputy City Clerk, 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 31st, 2023. No exceptions. You can find the application here.

Please send all completed applications and any questions to Deputy City Clerk Michelle Williams at or 360-685-2358.

City offices will be closed Monday, June 19th for Juneteenth

City offices will be closed Monday, June 19th for Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States.
If you want to learn more about historically marginalized communities here in Ferndale, Connect Ferndale is hosting a free History Walk.
Learn about the unique and untold history of our City highlighting the contributions of some of our underrepresented communities. It will start at Noon on Sunday, June 25th at the Pioneer Pavilion. More details available here:

Participate in National Drug Take Back Day in Ferndale April 22nd 10AM-2PM

Participate in National Drug Take Back Day in Ferndale April 22nd 10AM-2PM

This Saturday, April 22nd from 10AM to 2PM, stop by the Ferndale Police Department at 2220 Main Street to dispose of your unused or expired medication. Ferndale has seen the damage that unsecured opioids can do in the wrong hands so please take a moment to properly dispose of your leftover medication.  Cleaning out your medicine cabinet takes just a few minutes but could save a life.

More information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is available here:

Youth Art Installation Downtown- Decorate the garbage cans

Youth Art Installation Downtown- Decorate the garbage cans

Are you high school age or younger?  We want you to participate!

The Ferndale Arts Commission, in conjunction with the Ferndale Downtown Association are soliciting for youth art with the theme, “What Does Ferndale Mean to You?” or a Pacific Northwest aesthetic.

36 designs will be chosen to be printed and installed on the side of the garbage cans throughout Downtown Ferndale.

There are several ways to participate:

1) In-person art event! 4/29 1pm-3pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion

Supplies will be provided. Just show up and create!

2) Can’t make it to the event? Templates can be picked up from the Ferndale library, 4/15-5/12

3) Want to create digital art? Email and request a digital template

Completed pieces need to be turned in to City Hall by May 15th. Juried selection will happen the last week of May, and selected artists will be notified. Please put your name, age, and contact information (or parent’s contact info) on the back of your piece.

Even if your piece isn’t chosen to be printed, it will be on display downtown this summer. The Ferndale Downtown Association will be coordinating with local businesses to display submissions.

We look forward to seeing your amazing creations and excited for community youth art on display Downtown!

Knitting Tree Sweaters with the Arts Commission, Sat. Feb. 4th at 2PM

Join the Ferndale Arts Commission and knitting instructor Bryna as they meet at Fringe Brewing (5640 3rd Ave) from 2PM-4PM to continue work on the tree sweaters that will be installed this Spring at Griffintown Park.
Bring your knitting projects and get your questions answered. More yarn and needles available – all abilities and skill levels welcome.
More details available at For more information, contact Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at 360-685-2353 or