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Town Meeting: Planning Ferndale’s Downtown Future



Town Meeting

A Visioning Workshop for a Ferndale City Center Plan

Pioneer Pavilion
2007 Cherry Street
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 2019 at 6pm

Western Washington University (in collaboration with the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ferndale) is holding a Visioning Workshop for the Downtown area. A town meeting will be held on January 23rd at 6PM in the Pioneer Pavilion. and we want your input!

We want the public’s thoughts on problems and opportunities in the Ferndale Downtown. Everything from transportation, character, habitat, parking, flood risk, parks and trails, the whole spread of options. There will be Children’s activities to bring the little ones.

WWU’s planning classes will use this feedback to propose solutions for the Downtown. The findings will be presented to the City Council and the Planning Commission later this year.

For more information, please contact Riley Sweeney, Communications Officer with the City of Ferndale at (360) 685-2353 or email him by clicking here.

Host an Event in Ferndale!

Whether you are planning a concert at our historic Pioneer Village, renting a park shelter for a family reunion or requesting to close Main Street for a festival with thousands of attendees, we are ready and excited to help you host your event in Ferndale.

We have recently updated our Parks Rentals and Special Events forms, merging them into one easy document and updating our park rental fees to make it easier than ever for your event team.

You can find the updated form and fees here. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Toni Segerman via email (click here) or phone at (360) 685-2369 with any questions.

Calling All Artists: Ferndale Arts Commission Requests Mural Artists

Arts Commission Requests Mural Artists for Downtown Ferndale

The Ferndale Arts Commission is calling for artists from across the Pacific Northwest to install murals in downtown Ferndale. Artists are invited to submit designs, that they would then install in downtown Ferndale in the summer of 2019. Mural sizes will vary depending on location but all designs will be vetted by the Ferndale Arts Commission and the appropriate property owner.

“Our goal is to bring new art styles that will complement the area and inspire our community,” said Councilmember Rebecca Xczar, council liaison to 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 is November 30th, 2018. Send all submissions to Rebecca Xczar at rebeccaxczar@cityofferndale.org. For more information, please call (360) 319-2677.

What Should Downtown Ferndale Look Like?

What do you want to see in your downtown? The City is looking to jump start our downtown by encouraging residential and commercial developments that allow folks to live within walking distance of Main Street, and we are soliciting your feedback through social media. You can look at the outline of the Catalyst program that being proposed by clicking here.

As we dig into how to encourage this development, what we need to know from the public is . . .

  • What should these residential buildings look like? 
  • What sorts of businesses would you like to see? 
  • What are good models for Ferndale’s downtown?

Remember that the City does not conduct private development, but we can encourage some projects to move forward through tax incentives.

Share your thoughts on our facebook page by clicking here or if you prefer, email our Community Development Director Jori Burnett by clicking here.

Help Choose Our 2018 Parks Activities

Last year, over 2,000 Ferndale residents enjoyed our “Summer of Fun”. They marveled at a solar eclipse, searched for treasure across the City, played tug-a-war with their friends and family and ate delicious food at Star Park. This year, we are expanding our recreational activities to include even more events.

Help us decide which events to hold and when to offer these recreational opportunities by taking our 2018 Parks Activities Survey. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes, and your input will shape what we offer this year.

2018 Parks Activities Survey

Volunteer Clean Up and Art Installation at Griffintown Park, Saturday, Nov. 4th, 10am

The Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board is holding a volunteer clean up day at Griffintown Park, Saturday, Nov. 4th from 10am-Noon. Participants will be cleaning, weeding, and improving the park as well as assisting with an installation of a piece of temporary art in the park.This is the third in a series of volunteer events focused on our parks located throughout the city, the last event focused on Oxford Park. Volunteers are invited to bring their own gloves, garden shovels and rakes.

Griffintown Park is located along Second Avenue, adjacent to the Portal Way roundabout. This park features a Veteran’s Memorial and plaques of historic Ferndale figures.

For any questions, please call Riley Sweeney, Communications Officer at (360) 685-2353 or email by clicking here.

Main Street Closed Saturday from 3pm-5pm for Downtown Trick or Treat

Main Street between First Avenue and Third Avenue will be closed Saturday from 3pm to 5pm for Downtown Trick or Treat. Each year over 2,500 children and their parents hit the streets of Downtown Ferndale in search of candy as part of this event with over forty local businesses participating. Traffic will be detoured on Alder Street but plan on alternate routes if possible.

The event is organized by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. After Downtown Trick or Treat, head over to Pioneer Park for “Haunt the Park” starting at 5pm, a spooky experience for all ages.

Summer Kickoff of “Ferndale Fit” May 24th Features NFL Stars

Join NFL kicker Michael Koenen, quarterback Jack Locker and Mayor Jon Mutchler for the kickoff of Ferndale Fit, a community run/walk/jog starting 5:30pm on May 24th at The Locker Room.

Ferndale Fit is a weekly all-paces run/walk/jog each Wednesday, starting and ending at the Locker Room at 1858 Main Street. Families and strollers are welcome. The weekly event is designed to promote healthy living and community. Participants begin at the Locker Room and head out along the Hovander Park trail for 20 minutes, then return.

The May 24th kickoff for this season begins with a short safety talk from Sergeant Claudia Murphy, a veteran officer of the Bellingham Police Department and avid runner.

Light healthy refreshments will be provided following the run/walk by Burk Ridge Farms and the Locker Room.

Ferndale Fit was started by Mayor Mutchler to promote healthy living and community building. For more information, call 685-2350.