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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.

Statewide Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Begins Oct. 1st

The statewide single-use plastic bag ban will take effect October 1, 2021.Plastic bags are a major contaminant in Washington’s recycling centers, waterways, and roadways.

Washington’s Plastic Bag Ban reduces pollution by prohibiting single-use plastic carryout bags and charging a fee for acceptable bags in business establishments.

Consumers are encouraged to bring their own clean, reusable bags for use in stores and restaurants.

Paper bags and reusable plastic bags will be available at some businesses, but prepare to pay at least eight cents per bag for those options. The fee may not be collected from anyone using a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women’s Infants and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Assistance Program (FAP).

Visit the Department of Ecology website here for more detailed information.

Applications Solicited for Organizational Grant Program

The City of Ferndale provides grants to various human services and economic development organizations to enhance the quality of life for homeless, low-income and senior residents and to promote economic development within the City.

The challenge given the City’s inability to serve all needs for all people and all businesses is to determine how to create the greatest impact with available funding. Proposals will be evaluated by city staff and approved or denied by the Ferndale City Council as part of the budget process.

Interested organizations can fill out the application (which can be found here or on our Forms and Applications page) by September 1st, 2021. Please email the completed application to Deputy City Clerk Sherry DeJong at or drop it off at City Hall.

Smith Road Closed Aug. 16th-19th for Road Maintenance

The section of Smith Road between Hovander Road and LaBounty Drive will be closed from August 16th to August 19th. The Public Works crew will be onsite conducting essential road maintenance to help restore the road surface. This closure will ensure residents do not damage their vehicles on the exposed road surface, provides for the safety of our public works crew and allows the asphalt time to set after paving is complete.

A detour utilizing Hovander Road and LaBounty Drive will be in place, please follow all traffic directions and utilize alternative routes if possible. For more information, please call Ferndale Public Works at 360-384-4006

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.

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