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Explore Historic Pioneer Village Through New Online Story Map

Ferndale is home to the largest collection of slab cedar houses in the United States and now that collection can be explored from the home thanks to a new online tool. The City of Ferndale has built a story map that allows visitors to view pictures of the cabins and explore their original locations around Whatcom County. The story map interfaces with the City’s mapping system and can be found at

The slab cedar houses were some of the first buildings that pioneers constructed in the Pacific Northwest and have been meticulously maintained and restored by the Old Settlers Association and Ferndale Heritage Society over the last hundred years. Visitors can see them in person and take a guided tour Tuesday through Sunday from 11am-4pm at the Pioneer Village at 2000 Cherry St. in Ferndale.

Announcing the Great Ferndale Alien Abduction!

Ferndale Launches Citywide Scavenger Hunt for the Month of July

Aliens have landed in Ferndale and are leaving strange symbols scattered throughout the city. That’s the hook for “The Great Ferndale Alien Abduction”, an annual scavenger hunt held during the month of July.

Participants follow clues to find banners hidden throughout the city while also partaking in community events, meeting their neighbors or volunteering to score additional points. The high scoring teams receive cash prizes and the first-place winner gets to ride in a city dump truck in the Old Settlers Parade. Everyone is welcome to participate, it is free to play.

“This is a great opportunity to explore your city, get some fresh air and discover some new ways to have fun,” said Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney.  This scavenger hunt is the third annual iteration of this event, similar to last year’s “Great Ferndale Midsummer Mystery”.

For more information and to download a scorecard, go to More information about the City’s parks activities can be found at

Free Movie Night – April 26th, 6:30pm

Grab your web-shooters because with great parks events comes great entertainment. Ferndale Parks will be showing Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse inside the Pioneer Pavilion (2007 Cherry St) on Friday, April 26th. Doors open at 6pm, movie starts at 6:30pm. Free popcorn and soda as we kick off our 2019 Summer of Fun.

For more information, please contact Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353, or

Flicks in the Park Movie Options

Your local Ferndale Parks is taking on Flicks in the Park this year (July 12th – Pioneer Park) and we are fiercely debating which movie to show. So I wanted to get your input – which movie would you like to see? Feel free to add more options – we’re open to ideas.

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Parks and Rec Activity Survey 2019

Last year, over 3,000 residents enjoyed free recreational activities in Ferndale’s parks. In 2019, we want to bring you even more great parks and rec offerings. Help us decide which events to sponsor by taking our 2019 Parks and Rec Activity Survey.

Parks and Rec Activity Survey 2019

Your responses to this survey shape what events we host and how we advertise them in 2019. The whole survey should take about six minutes to complete, we appreciate your input.

For more information or questions, please call Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or email him by clicking here.