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Ferndale Arts Commission Seeking Volunteers

The city has a number of Boards and Commissions that work to advise the council on a broad array of subjects. These are volunteer positions but absolutely essential to providing quality input to the city decision-making process.

There are currently vacancies on the Arts Commission. The Arts Commission is charged with enhancing the community by advising on public art and community aesthetic enhancement. Examples of the Arts Commission’s recent events include: Star Park Revitalization, Yarn Art at Griffintown Park, the Downtown Mural Project, Zoom Painting Class, Zoom Murder Mystery, and many more! To apply for one of the vacancies, please fill out this application and email it to City Clerk Susan Duncan at susanduncan@cityofferndale.org. You don’t need to be an artist to be a part of this commission!

Volunteers Needed for the TBD Sales Tax Ballot Measure “For” and “Against” Committees

On June 7, 2021, the City Council adopted a resolution to authorize the placement of the second 10-year implementation of the Transportation Benefit District’s (TBD) Sales Tax Measure on the November 2, 2021 ballot for voter consideration. For more information on the TBD Sales Tax Measure, click here.

The City is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee “For” and “Against” the ballot measure. Each committee will have three members. The committee “For” will prepare a statement for the voter’s pamphlet, advocating voters’ approval of the measure; the committee “Against” will prepare a statement for the voter’s pamphlet, advocating voters’ rejection of the measure.

For an application, click here:

Completed applications should be emailed to Susan Duncan at susanduncan@cityofferndale.org and are due by 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 9.

Ferndale Arts Commission Requests Coast Salish Mural Artist for Downtown Ferndale

UPDATE: Deadline for submissions extended to July 9th, 2021.

The Ferndale Arts Commission is calling for a Coast Salish artist to install a mural in downtown Ferndale. Artists are invited to submit designs that they would then install in downtown Ferndale in the summer of 2021. To honor the original caretakers of the area, the FAC wishes to have a mural installed by a Coast Salish artist. The FAC is partnering with the Lhaq’temish Foundation to create a piece of art at Pioneer Park.

Mural is to be installed on the west side of the Pioneer Pavilion. The size will be a minimum of 700sf but could cover the entire side, with the exception of the windows; full side designs are encouraged. All designs will be vetted by the Ferndale Arts Commission and the Lhaq’temish Foundation. 
“The Ferndale Arts Commission has installed 12 murals as part of the Downtown Mural Project since 2018, from a variety of artists and volunteers. Our goal for this mural is to collaborate with a Coast Salish artist to bring this acknowledgement to the Pioneer Pavilion” said Rebecca Xczar, Chairperson of the Ferndale Arts Commission.
Interested artists should submit at least one sketch in color, with height and size preferences, along with any relevant previous experience (pictures of prior murals completed or other art projects).
Deadline for submission is June 25th, 2021. Send all submissions to Rebecca Xczar at ferndaleartscommission@gmail.com. For more information, please call (360) 319-2677.

Ferndale Receives Grant for Skate Park, Construction Slated for 2022

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Board announced the award of a grant to the City of Ferndale for Metalworks Skate Park, a 10,000 square foot skate park facility planned at Pioneer Park.

“This has been something people have been asking about for years,” said Mayor Greg Hansen, “and I’m so excited that we are finally able to make it happen.” The skate park will be located off Second Avenue directly adjacent to the Phillips 66 Sports Complex and within sight of the Star Park playground.

“We chose the name ‘Metalworks Skate Park’ to pay tribute to our industrial roots here in Ferndale and the art and design of the park will reflect that,” said Hansen.

The total grant award is for $480,000 with a portion of the overall project funding to be provided by the City and private donors. Design work will get underway later this summer, with construction anticipated in 2022.

“We are extremely thankful to our delegation in Olympia – Reps. Sharon Shewmake and Alicia Rule and Senator Doug Ericksen for supporting funding for projects such as these,” said Hansen.

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

Initial Design Concept for Metalworks Skate Park
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