Increased Maintenance Budget Pays Big Dividends in City Parks

Increased Maintenance Budget Pays Big Dividends in City Parks

Thanks to increased parks maintenance funding in the 2018 budget, a number of repair projects have been completed in City parks, preparing our public spaces for the recreation season. The additional parks maintenance funds were approved by the City Council in December of last year as part of their budget process.

New Fence at Oxford Park

A new fence was installed at Oxford Park (pictured above). The previous fence was decaying and becoming a safety concern. Volunteers made some temporary repairs last year that did not hold up in the winter weather. The new fence is sturdy and looks good.

Centennial Riverwalk Fountain

Thanks to the continued efforts of our Public Works crews, major repairs have been completed on the Centennial Riverwalk Fountain. The new filtration system will be able to better handle debris that gets caught in the fountain. Except for the occasional service interruption, it will be running all summer from 9am-7pm daily.

Finally, Public Works crews have restored the basketball backboards at several neighborhood parks around the city. This included cleaning and powder coating the board for increased durability.

More information about Ferndale Parks is available on our website here.

Two Free Concerts Scheduled for Pioneer Park this Summer

Two Free Concerts Scheduled for Pioneer Park this Summer

Fans of live music will have plenty to enjoy this summer as City of Ferndale’s 2018 “Summer of Fun” hosts two “Music in the Park” concerts in Pioneer Park. These family-oriented concerts are a great way to spend a summer evening and see some local bands take the stage at our historic Pioneer Park.

On Saturday June 30th at 6pm, come enjoy “Penny Stinkers”, a high-energy jam band mixing Americana and classic rock with a healthy mix of the unexpected. Whether craving danceable covers or boot stomping original music, the Penny Stinkers put on a great show. You can listen to their music on their site here.

On Saturday July 14th at 6pm, groove with “The Sky Colony”, a Cascadian folk revival band that brings a fresh mix of the 60s psychedelia era with modern Pacific Northwest songwriting. Their driving melodies are a perfect match for the heat of summer. You can listen to their music on their site here.

Food trucks will be on hand to sell concessions. More information about the City of Ferndale’s 2018 “Summer of Fun” can be found by clicking here.

Wee One Nature Hunt set for Sat. May 12th, 2pm at Hovander Park

Bring your little one out to Hovander Park on Saturday May 12th at 2pm for a Nature Hunt! Participants (and enthusiastic parents) will receive a scavenger hunt of simple natural objects (a tree, a leaf, something green, a bird) and the participants will be encouraged to find as many as they can. Enjoy the fresh air and an opportunity for healthy movement at Hovander Park.

This event is part of our 2018 “Summer of Fun”. You can find out about more free recreational events by clicking here.

For questions about Wee One Nature Hunt, please contact Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or email him by clicking here.

Wagon Displayed at Pioneer Park Restored by Eagle Scout

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Tyler Burnett decided to help out the Old Settlers Association by restoring the antique wagon on display at Pioneer Park. This included pressure washing, a fresh coat of paint and period appropriate restoration. Thank you Tyler!

If you are interested in doing your Eagle Scout project with the City of Ferndale, please contact Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney to learn about opportunities in our community. You can reach him at (360) 685-2353 or by email by clicking here.

City Seeks Feedback for Potential Skate Park

The City is seeking ideas, feedback and suggestions on a potential Skate Park near the Phillips 66 Sports Complex. 

This year, the City Council updated the Parks Master Plan, and staff immediately began work towards securing a grant for a Skate Park near our other recreational facilities at Pioneer Park (see map to the right).

To complete our grant application, the City seeks feedback from the public about what they want to see in a Skate Park. What design features, themes, equipment and amenities would make a good skate park?

Please email ideas, pictures and suggestions to, we are collecting all the responses by March 20th. Help us spread the word by sharing this post through social media.

For more information, please contact Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney by clicking here or calling (360) 685-2353.

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

Free Movie Night Feb. 16th at 6:30pm at Pioneer Pavilion

The City is kicking off a new year of recreational activities with a FREE movie night Friday, February 16th at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center (2007 Cherry Street) starting at 6:30pm. We will be showing “Men in Black” starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones and providing free popcorn and soda. Please bring your own chair, blanket or sleeping bag to sit on and enjoy this feature film courtesy of Ferndale Parks.

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

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