Explore Historic Pioneer Village Through New Online Story Map

Ferndale is home to the largest collection of slab cedar houses in the United States and now that collection can be explored from the home thanks to a new online tool. The City of Ferndale has built a story map that allows visitors to view pictures of the cabins and explore their original locations around Whatcom County. The story map interfaces with the City’s mapping system and can be found at www.cityofferndale.org/maps.

The slab cedar houses were some of the first buildings that pioneers constructed in the Pacific Northwest and have been meticulously maintained and restored by the Old Settlers Association and Ferndale Heritage Society over the last hundred years. Visitors can see them in person and take a guided tour Tuesday through Sunday from 11am-4pm at the Pioneer Village at 2000 Cherry St. in Ferndale.

Announcing the Great Ferndale Alien Abduction!

Ferndale Launches Citywide Scavenger Hunt for the Month of July

Aliens have landed in Ferndale and are leaving strange symbols scattered throughout the city. That’s the hook for “The Great Ferndale Alien Abduction”, an annual scavenger hunt held during the month of July.

Participants follow clues to find banners hidden throughout the city while also partaking in community events, meeting their neighbors or volunteering to score additional points. The high scoring teams receive cash prizes and the first-place winner gets to ride in a city dump truck in the Old Settlers Parade. Everyone is welcome to participate, it is free to play.

“This is a great opportunity to explore your city, get some fresh air and discover some new ways to have fun,” said Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney.  This scavenger hunt is the third annual iteration of this event, similar to last year’s “Great Ferndale Midsummer Mystery”.

For more information and to download a scorecard, go to www.cityofferndale.org/aliens. More information about the City’s parks activities can be found at www.ferndaleparks.com.

Free Movie Night – April 26th, 6:30pm

Grab your web-shooters because with great parks events comes great entertainment. Ferndale Parks will be showing Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse inside the Pioneer Pavilion (2007 Cherry St) on Friday, April 26th. Doors open at 6pm, movie starts at 6:30pm. Free popcorn and soda as we kick off our 2019 Summer of Fun.

For more information, please contact Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353, or rileysweeney@cityofferndale.org.

Flicks in the Park Movie Options

Your local Ferndale Parks is taking on Flicks in the Park this year (July 12th – Pioneer Park) and we are fiercely debating which movie to show. So I wanted to get your input – which movie would you like to see? Feel free to add more options – we’re open to ideas.

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Parks and Rec Activity Survey 2019

Last year, over 3,000 residents enjoyed free recreational activities in Ferndale’s parks. In 2019, we want to bring you even more great parks and rec offerings. Help us decide which events to sponsor by taking our 2019 Parks and Rec Activity Survey.

Parks and Rec Activity Survey 2019

Your responses to this survey shape what events we host and how we advertise them in 2019. The whole survey should take about six minutes to complete, we appreciate your input.

For more information or questions, please call Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or email him by clicking here.

Request for Qualifications for Star Park Picnic Shelter




Plans, Specifications, and Engineering Services



The City of Ferndale is seeking qualification statements from professionals with experience providing engineering design and construction management services including but not limited to: park design, site surveying, permitting, construction management, and inspection services necessary for the construction of a picnic shelter structure and site improvements.  The project will include the creation of plans, specifications and estimates, bid services, and the potential for construction management and inspection services for the construction of a Picnic Shelter to be located at the City’s newly constructed Star Park.

This project will include design of an approximately 20×50 foot picnic shelter with water and electrical service adjacent to a high-use playground. The shelter will comply with all ADA requirements and include artistic elements that reflect the unique style of Star Park.

Questions regarding this Request for Qualifications should be directed to Riley Sweeney, Recreation Coordinator, via telephone at (360) 685-2353 or via email at RileySweeney@cityofferndale.org. More information on this project is available on the City website here.

The City of Ferndale reserves the sole right to terminate this process, to not award a contract, and to cancel or modify this solicitation process at any time. In no event will the City, or any of their respective agents, representatives, consultants, directors, officers, or employees, be liable for, or otherwise obligated to reimburse, the costs incurred in preparation of this RFQ, or any related costs. The prospective consultant teams shall wholly absorb all costs incurred in the preparation and presentation of the submittals. The RFQ submittals will become the property of the City of Ferndale.

Interested firms shall submit four copies of a Statement of Qualifications that contains the following:

  1. Cover Letter. 
  2. Qualifications: 

Outline the qualifications of the firm to perform this work.

Project management; provide an organizational chart of the proposed consulting team and a short resume of all key people listed on the chart.

  1. Project Approach and Timeline

Provide an outline of your firms approach to the rate study and proposed timeline for completion of study.

  1. References:

Provide a list of projects that were similar in scope. Project list should include year completed, budget, scope and reference contact.

The Statement of Qualification submittal shall be a maximum of 10 pages (not including the cover page). One original and four copies shall be submitted, as well as an electronic copy in PDF format (CD, DVD, or USB flashdrive).



All responses shall be made in writing.  Responses by FAX will not be accepted.  Sealed responses will be received by the Recreation Coordinator of the City of Ferndale, Washington up to the hour of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30th Responses delivered later will not be accepted. The City of Ferndale is not responsible for delays in delivery.

All responses to this request that are mailed through the United States Postal Service shall be addressed to Riley Sweeney, Recreation Coordinator, City of Ferndale, P.O. Box 936, Ferndale, WA 98248. Hand-delivered responses, or responses not sent through the USPS, shall be delivered to the Public Works Department, 2nd floor front counter, City of Ferndale, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington. The United States Postal Service will NOT deliver to the street address.  All responses shall be placed in a sealed envelope, which is clearly marked “Star Park Picnic Shelter”.

The selection process for this project will involve the following three steps:

  1. Request for Qualifications.
  2. After the City reviews the Statement of Qualifications will be evaluated and ranked.
  3. Up to three firms may be selected to interview.

The City reserves the right to forgo interviews and select firm based on RFQ submittal alone.  This project does not currently contain federal funding however future portions of the project may be funded utilizing federal funds.  Therefore, the project in its entirety will be held to Federal EEO requirements.

The recipient, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 525, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 26 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award.

The City of Ferndale reserves the right to cancel this request or reject any and all responses submitted or to waive any minor formalities of this call if the best interest of the City would be served.



Jan. 9th, 2019

Ferndale Record Journal

Vacancies on Parks, Arts, and Planning Commissions

There are numerous ways residents of the City of Ferndale can participate to help enhance the community they live in. One such way is volunteering to serve on city advisory bodies that help forum public policy and make Ferndale a prosperous place to be.

We currently have an opening on the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB), the Arts Commission and there is anticipated to be an opening on the Planning Commission. If you are interested in serving on one of these bodies, please fill out the Boards and Commissions application and submit it to City Clerk Susan Duncan. You can find the application here.

All these meetings are open to the public. Appointments to these advisory bodies are made by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

For more information contact the City Clerk Susan Duncan
Email: susanduncan@cityofferndale.org
Phone: (360) 685-2354
Fax: (360) 384-1163

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