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Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board Vacancy

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

There is currently a vacancy on the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB). It is a four-year term, expiring August 31, 2025. The PRTAB assesses the community’s parks and recreational facilities, programs, needs and costs, and makes recommendations to the City Council for the care, management, supervision, and improvements to City parks. The PRTAB also provides input related to the updating of the City’s Parks Master Plan.

To apply for this position, please complete this application and email it to City Clerk Susan Duncan at Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. September 22, 2021.

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.

Citywide Scavenger Hunt Begins July 2nd

This July, the public is invited to participate in this year’s citywide scavenger hunt in the City of Ferndale. It is called the Great Ferndale Frontier Folly.

Clues will be released through the City’s facebook, twitter and website starting July 2nd that will lead participants to find the hidden cow banners throughout Ferndale’s parks. Find the cows and complete other activities, such as talking with a veteran, finding an unusual plant or animal or visiting the police station to score points – the highest scoring teams win cash prizes, toys and more.

“This is a great opportunity to explore your city, meet your neighbors and solve some riddles,” said Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney. Scorecards can be picked up at City Hall or downloaded from the City website. Participants must turn in their scorecard by Tuesday, July 27th to be eligible for prizes.

For rules, details and scorecards, please visit

Seeking Grant Applications for 2022 Tourism 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 JULY 26th, 2021. No exceptions. You can find the application here.

Please send all completed applications and any questions to Deputy City Clerk Sherry DeJong by email here.

Note – the application has been updated from previous years to reduce the paperwork burden, please read through the new requirements if you are a returning applicant.

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