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It Takes A Community

 
 
It Takes A Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 9, 2019
1. It Takes A Community Marker
Inscription.  Bellingham's desire for a waterfront park started in the late 1960's when industry closures brought about available, vacant property. Civic leaders acquired land and committed funding. The result of this community effort: Boulevard Park and Taylor Avenue Dock, two gems of our park system.

Development of a waterfront park on former industrial land was a daunting undertaking. It succeeded due to common community goals, civic leadership and the determination of Byron Elmendorf, Director of the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department from 1978-2000.

Once Boulevard Park was built, Elmendorf turned his attention to the vision of a walkway connecting Taylor Dock to Boulevard Park. Facing numerous obstacles, including complex ownership, permitting, environmental impacts, industrial contamination, and skepticism, Elmendorf persisted. After his retirement in 2000, Taylor Dock finally opened in 2004.

Sidebar: "When I'm done, it will always be good to come to one of our parks and see people having fun." It Takes a Community... --Byron Elmendorf

Figure 1 (Above): Byron Elmendorf at the dedication of Boulevard Park,

It Takes A Community Marker - wide view, looking north image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 9, 2019
2. It Takes A Community Marker - wide view, looking north
1980.

Figure 2 (Left): Industrial vacant land along the Bellingham Waterfront (Circa 1970). Photo courtesy of Whatcom Museum.


 
Location. 48° 43.539′ N, 122° 30.427′ W. Marker is in Bellingham, Washington, in Whatcom County. Marker is on S Bay Trail, on the left when traveling north. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Legacy of Byron Elmendorf (here, next to this marker); Fairhaven Canning Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Counterfeiters' Hide Out (approx. 0.4 miles away); Town Pillory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles X. Larrabee (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington State's Oldest Brick Building (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pickett Bridge (approx. 2.4 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 sheltered area that is just north of the end of Taylor Dock.
 
Categories. Parks & Recreational Areas

 
It Takes A Community Marker - wider view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 9, 2019
3. It Takes A Community Marker - wider view
Visible are the Taylor Dock and part of the South Bay Trail, with the markers visible at the right end of the sheltered area.
Marker inset photo: Byron Elmendorf at the dedication of Boulevard Park image. Click for full size.
1980
4. Marker inset photo: Byron Elmendorf at the dedication of Boulevard Park
Marker inset photo: Industrial vacant land along the Bellingham Waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Photo courtesy of Whatcom Museum, circa 1970
5. Marker inset photo: Industrial vacant land along the Bellingham Waterfront
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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