HOVANDER HOMESTEAD PARK
Hovander Homestead Park preserves and displays equipment from early pioneer farming in their big red barn and offers recreational opportunities for all ages in every season.This Ferndale park is nearly 350 acres, including over a mile of river frontage. This park features historical tours, various farm animals, picnic areas and a large rental shelter, a nice playground, a beautiful fragrance and demonstration garden, a childrens garden area, hiking trails and a dog off leash area. It is easily the largest park in Ferndale and has activities for all ages to enjoy.
Inside the City of Ferndale is Pioneer Park. This Park features some of the finest original pioneer log cabins and contents in the Northwest. These eleven log cabins, built by the early pioneers of Whatcom County, sat alone in the early forests and rough clearings. Left to deteriorate and abandoned, they were moved from various locations over the course of several decades to Pioneer Park to save them from destruction and display the history of the early settlers. Others may also be added in the future. The public may view and tour these historic buildings in a village setting, very much like the environment in which they were originally built. Cabins over 100 years old show how pioneer settlers pushed back huge towering forests and created homes from these enormous trees.
Designed by Ferndale Kids and built entirely by volunteers, Ferndale rallied together and made it a reality. The building of Star Park involved over 300 organizations and 2,200 volunteers, making it the largest volunteer event in the history of Ferndale. It is a playground about 12,000 square feet in size and built in six days entirely by volunteers. The park is split into two areas, one for kids 0-5 and the other for kids 5-12 and many of the features of the park, such as the Ferry, Mt. Baker and the bridge across the Nooksack were drawn from local landmarks.
Located along the Nooksack River, This 13-acre park offers a beautiful scenic walk along a half-mile interpretive trail next to the river and a large pond. The park’s highlights are its access to the river, dog park, fishing access and frisbee golf opportunities. There are also several benches, barbeque grills and a large grassy field to enjoy endless activities.
CENTENNIAL RIVERWALK PARK
The Centennial Riverwalk Park commemorates the City of Ferndale’s centennial year of 2007 and also features Ferndale’s natural landmark, the Nooksack River. Educational signs provide information about the nearby river and native salmon species, while benches are scattered throughout the park and provide good opportunity to view the three impressive totems created by the House of Tears Carvers. Main Street Plaza is a nice space for visitors to sit and enjoy the fountain, community Christmas tree during the holidays and other plants found in the landscaped area. The park also has a wonderful outdoor area for the community to enjoy and use as a place for events such as the Ferndale Farmer’s Market, Old Settler’s Fun Run and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
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