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Metalworks Skatepark Groundbreaking April 10

City of Ferndale Invites Public to Metalworks Skatepark Groundbreaking Event

(Ferndale, WA) — The City of Ferndale invites the public to a groundbreaking event on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, kicking off construction of Metalworks Skatepark, a highly anticipated project for the Ferndale community.

The groundbreaking event will take place at the future skatepark location at the 5500 block of Second Avenue, across the street from the old American Legion building. Parking will be available at the Phillips66 Sports Complex. The event will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. with opening remarks and speeches, with the official groundbreaking at approximately 2:20 p.m.

The City would like to welcome all community members, skaters – thrashers and posers, stakeholders, and project supporters in celebrating this project milestone for the Metalworks Skatepark. Attendees will include Mayor Greg Hansen, City councilmembers, elected officials, City staff, and project partners. The community is encouraged to participate in this eagerly awaited event. You’ll hear from members of the project team, have the opportunity to leave your mark on the official construction project sign, watch as we break ground, and take home a limited-edition Metalworks Skatepark sticker.

The City is stoked to begin construction on the Metalworks Skatepark, ultimately creating a place for community members of all ages and skate skill levels to connect in the heart of Downtown Ferndale. We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, April 10th, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. to kickflip this project into gear!

Ferndale Announces 2024 Summer of Fun Parks Activities

Ferndale Announces 2024 Summer of Fun Parks Activities

(Ferndale, WA) — The City of Ferndale is proud to announce a full slate of summer parks activities this year, including everything from acrobats to Space Band. Participants can enjoy movies, food, live music, and activities in Ferndale’s parks almost every weekend throughout the summer.

“We have a lot of exciting things happening in our parks this year and I look forward to seeing everyone at these events,” said Mayor Greg Hansen. “Once again, Ferndale has an incredible line up of free, family-friendly activities ready to go.”

This year, Ferndale’s parks events are made possible in part by the generous support of WECU, a local credit union serving Whatcom County for over 80 years.

Food Truck Fridays: 2nd Friday of each month in Pioneer Village.

Friday, June 14th – SpaceBand

Friday, July 12th – Bellingham Circus Guild

Friday, August 9th – Jim Buk Tu

Music in the Park: Live concerts on the Pioneer Village stage.

Friday, July 19th – Baby Cakes

Saturday, August 17th – Lemon Creek

Flicks in the Park. Fridays in Pioneer Village: June 21st, June 28th, July 12th, and August 23rd inside Pioneer Pavilion with an earlier start time.

More activities with dates to be announced soon, including Yoga in the Park, Wee Ones Nature Hunt, and Tie Dye Your T-Shirt.

As always, Ferndale parks events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Communications and Community Relations Officer Megan Juenemann at or (360) 685-2353.


Thornton Overpass Grand Opening Event December 2, 2023

Thornton Overpass Grand Opening Event – Connecting Ferndale

Please join the City of Ferndale and project partners on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, to celebrate the Thornton Street Overpass with a Grand Opening Event.

The event will begin with an Open House on the Thornton Overpass Bridge at 12:00 PM where guests can chat with the project team, check out City and County transportation vehicles with a special public vehicle showcase, and take in the incredible views before the road opens to public traffic.

At 1:00 PM, there will be a short ribbon cutting celebration, followed by a motorcade of City and County vehicles led by Ferndale Mayor, Greg Hansen. The Overpass will open at 3:00 PM to public traffic.

Walk, bike, skateboard, or sled to join us for this family-friendly celebration in reconnecting our city!

Please note that the Thornton Overpass will be closed to traffic during the event. Event parking will be along Thornton on each end of the new bridge.  Please enter from either the Portal Way/Second Avenue roundabout or Malloy Avenue and park along the curb. The City will have staff members directing traffic to assist with parking.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM     Open House and Public Vehicle Showcase

1:00 PM                            Speeches and Ribbon Cutting Celebration

1:20 PM                             Motorcade

3:00 PM                            Overpass opens to traffic!

Parking information:

For guests with limited mobility, we will have a section of parking on the West end of the bridge, as close to the bridge as possible, just past the Malloy intersection as you make your way to Samson Rope. We will have City Staff assisting with parking, please let them know if you need one of these spots. Please note, parking is limited. If you would like to reserve one of these spots, please email Communications and Community Relations Officer, Megan Juenemann or call 360-685-2353. Also, at each of end of the bridge, we will have a shuttle for guests with limited mobility. Please ask City Staff for assistance or look for the shuttle signs located at the barriers at each end of the bridge.


City Seeks Applications for 2024 Tourism-Related 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 AUGUST 31st, 2023. No exceptions. You can find the application here.

Please send all completed applications and any questions to Deputy City Clerk Michelle Williams at or 360-685-2358.

City offices will be closed Monday, June 19th for Juneteenth

City offices will be closed Monday, June 19th for Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States.
If you want to learn more about historically marginalized communities here in Ferndale, Connect Ferndale is hosting a free History Walk.
Learn about the unique and untold history of our City highlighting the contributions of some of our underrepresented communities. It will start at Noon on Sunday, June 25th at the Pioneer Pavilion. More details available here:

Participate in National Drug Take Back Day in Ferndale April 22nd 10AM-2PM

Participate in National Drug Take Back Day in Ferndale April 22nd 10AM-2PM

This Saturday, April 22nd from 10AM to 2PM, stop by the Ferndale Police Department at 2220 Main Street to dispose of your unused or expired medication. Ferndale has seen the damage that unsecured opioids can do in the wrong hands so please take a moment to properly dispose of your leftover medication.  Cleaning out your medicine cabinet takes just a few minutes but could save a life.

More information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is available here: