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The Legacy of Byron Elmendorf

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 9, 2019
1. The Legacy of Byron Elmendorf Marker
Inscription.  Boulevard Park and Taylor Dock were just a few of the many efforts led by Byron Elmendorf, the first Director of the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department. Under his leadership, determination and collaboration efforts, Bellingham's park system is regarded as one of the best in the nation.

During his tenure, the Parks and Recreation Department received the National Gold Medal Award for the quality of parks and recreation services. Elmendorf oversaw the development of 17 new park facilities, the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, and the renovation or expansion of almost all existing parks.

The system increased in size to over 2400 acres and 70 miles of trails. Elmendorf succeeded in securing millions of dollars in grants, local tax levies and private donations.

RECOGNITIONS & AWARDS
Honor Fellow & Distinguished Service Award /Washington Recreation & Parks Association, 1993
Paul Harris Fellow Award / Bellingham Bay Rotary Club, 1989
Outstanding Service to the City of Bellingham / Bellingham City Council on his retirement in 2000
William Dittrich Award /Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation, June

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By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 9, 2019
2. The Legacy of Byron Elmendorf Marker - wide view
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2019

 
Erected 2019.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical month for this entry is June 2019.
 
Location. 48° 43.54′ N, 122° 30.425′ W. Marker is in Bellingham, Washington, in Whatcom County. Marker is on South Bay Trail west of Taylor Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellingham WA 98225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. It Takes A Community (here, next to this marker); Fairhaven Canning Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Phoebe Goodell Judson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Puget Sound Sawmills and Shingle Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Counterfeiters' Hide Out (approx. 0.4 miles away); Town Pillory (approx. 0.4 miles away); The 1909 Fairhaven Empress Tree (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellingham.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the north end of the covered rest area that is just to the north of the Taylor Dock.

The marker was dedicated on September 21, 2019.
 
Also see . . .  The Legacy of Byron Elmendorf (Fairhavenhistory.com). (Submitted on December 19, 2019.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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