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City Offices Closed Monday Jan. 17th for MLK, Jr Day

City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 17th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. The regularly scheduled council meeting will instead be held on Tuesday, Jan. 18th at 5PM.

The City asks all residents to reflect on the life and work of Dr. King during this time. As he said speaking after the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, “We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization . . . freedom and justice through love.” If you have a moment, reflect on his words and what they mean for you as we enter this new year.

Video Message from Mayor Hansen

Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen provides an update on the City’s actions and preparedness planning for the upcoming severe weather, comments on work and efforts the last couple of weeks after the recent flood, and provides suggestions for how you can best prepare yourselves and help your neighbors.

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Mayor Greg Hansen Speaks on Preparedness

Thursday, November 25, 2021

In looking at the developing forecast for heavy rains and a rising river, Mayor Greg Hansen issued a statement today, “City staff and Public Works crews are on standby today and in the days to follow with all available resources ready to respond if river levels make this necessary.  I encourage individuals to also do what they can to prepare themselves and to help their neighbors.  If you are within a flood area, be prepared to secure your vehicles and belongings. Ferndale residents can also help by cleaning leaves and other debris from around the storm drains near your home.  Please check on your neighbors.  Watch for road closure notices before leaving home, and be patient with each other as this weather evolves.  We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as they become available through our website and Facebook page.”

Volunteers Needed for Severe Weather Shelter

The Ferndale Community Service Cooperative is working to set up a temporary severe weather shelter this winter. This would provide a safe, warm place to sleep for individuals and families that have lost power or have nowhere warm to stay when the weather gets extremely cold.

The shelter would be activated at a church in Ferndale when the overnight low is forecasted at 28°F or below (wind chill and precipitation can also be factors) and volunteers will be contacted as soon as possible to sign up for shifts. Volunteers would greet and sign in guests, make coffee, hand out snacks, and monitor the front door and sleeping guests throughout the night.

Volunteers will receive 3 hours of training including on-site orientation and a community course focused on de-escalation techniques, trauma-informed care, and boundary setting. 

“This shelter could mean the difference between a warm bed and a very difficult or dangerous situation,” said Program Coordinator and Councilmember Kate Bishop. “We just need a few caring individuals willing to help.”

More details and the volunteer application are available on the Community Service Cooperative website here.

Star Park Picnic Shelter Ribbon Cutting – Nov. 3rd, 4:30PM at Star Park

Star Park Picnic Shelter

The City of Ferndale invites you to a ribbon cutting for Ferndale’s newest park amenity on Weds. Nov. 3rd at 4:30PM at Star Park.

This ADA accessible shelter includes unique artistic features that align with Star Park, seating for over 60 people and will be a welcome addition to the greater Pioneer Park.

The ribbon cutting will include brief remarks by Mayor Greg Hansen and light refreshments. The shelter will be open to the public throughout the winter season and available to rent for events in the spring.

Thank you to Gray and Osbourne, The Watershed Company and Oceanside Construction, Inc for all their work on this project.

The City also wishes to thank former Rep. Luanne Van Werven for securing a grant to help make this happen.

For more information or questions, please contact Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at 360-685-2353 or rileysweeney@cityofferndale.org

New Coast Salish Art Installed at Pioneer Park

The Ferndale Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Lhaq’temish Foundation, has completed two new murals on the west side of the Pioneer Pavilion in Pioneer Park. The murals were designed and painted by local artists Jason LaClair and Yolanda Felix-Wilbur and pay tribute to the shared history of Ferndale and the Lummi Nation.

“You cannot tell the history of Ferndale without beginning with the Lummi Nation,” said Mayor Greg Hansen, “and what better place for that than Pioneer Park?”

LaClair’s piece is titled “One From the Heart” and speaks to the shared love of all people, especially during the challenges of the pandemic. Felix-Wilbur’s piece tells the story of the Lummi Nation itself and their canoe journey.

Both murals are available for viewing on the side of the Pioneer Pavilion at 2004 Cherry St. in Ferndale. A third mural is planned for Summer of 2022.

For more information about the Ferndale Arts Commission can be found here.

Fire Truck Spray Event Aug. 12th, 6:15PM

Whatcom Fire District 7 and the City of Ferndale are here to help you fight the heat. Join us Thursday, Aug. 12th at Pioneer Park Field (2004 Cherry St.) to get hosed down by a fire truck. The City will be on hand to pass out ice cold water bottles.