Foot bridge in Cornwall Memorial Park
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) began improvements at Bellingham WA’s Cornwall Memorial Park in 1937. The WPA also allocated $29,000 for the construction of a state-of-the-art bowling green at the site.
This was in addition to earlier improvements, which included recreation structures, playgrounds, and tennis courts as well as “the finest bowling green in the Pacific Northwest.” The work undertaken at Cornwall Memorial Park was one of a variety pursued in Washington State by New Deal agencies.
The park continues to provide recreational and leisure outlets for area residents today. “Centrally located, the park offers opportunities to escape into nature with 70 acres to explore.” The City of Bellingham urges residents to enjoy “over 1.5 miles of trail, through open fields and down by the creek through a mature forest canopy.”
“Progress in Bellingham Parks,” Parks & Recreation. January 1937.
City of Bellingham, “Cornwall Memorial Park.” https://cob.org/services/recreation/parks-trails/parks-guide/cornwall-park
Project originally submitted by Gray Brechin on March 27, 2022.
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