Zuanich Point Park
Without a doubt Zuanich Point Park along the Squalicum Harbor is one of the places in Whatcom County, Washington, with which I am quite familiar. We refer to this spot simply as “the Marina”. In years past my Grandpa would take my Grandma, my sister and me with him here for his daily walk. The paved path along the water is short (something less than a mile), easy and smooth. It was here, on a grassy spot just east of the Safe Return Fishers’ memorial, where my uncle married his second wife. In the summer, the grassy recreation area is ideal for family gatherings with warming sunshine and a cool coastal breeze. Through the years our family’s annual after-Thanksgiving-dinner-walk has ensued here. Even in the chill of November, the walk is pleasant.
The southern view out to the islands always holds a lovely scene in any season. On clear days, Mount Baker and the Northern Cascade range rise up in the east. Benches invite even the able-bodied to sit and pause for a while.
According to signs along the Harbor, the Port of Bellingham is in the process of improving Squalicum Harbor and the Cornwall landfill area. The Water Front District is in the midst of redevelopment as well. Started in 2011, the park notice has been up for awhile now and the improvements are ongoing. (If you’re curious to the status of the improvements or wonder why the sign is still there, you can contact Mike Endsley, the Squalicum Harbormaster, Port of Bellingham 360.676.2542, or explore the Port of Bellingham’s website.)
In reading the sign, I found it fascinating to learn that to maintain navigation depth the harbor needs dredging every so often. The sediment removed, at least at first, has been used in the Cornwall Landfill clean up. Though the date was not given, it indicated that after awhile the sediment will be disposed of in eastern Washington.
One of the perks of the Zuanich Point Park is the play and exercise apparatus for both adults and children. Like most parks, there is a playground set-up, but this park also has equipment for adults. Although I have never seriously used them, along the park path there are about half a dozen different HealthBeat stations to aid the excise of adults and older youth.