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Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham

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  • There's a large swimming area a boat launch and an area for puppies as well. Great spot for a picnic or to launch a canoe and spend the day on the water.  more »
  • I stopped by this park looking to go for a walk. There was clearly a lot of space to so on a 'normal day.. this day part of the park was closed off, like much of the parling lot was blocked. Still, th...  more »
  • Pack your swimsuit and grab your water wings. This park is popular on a hot day! Beach Volleyball courts, kids playground, picnic areas, grass laws, boat launch from parking lot and areas to rent for ...  more »
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  • Had our diaper bag stolen. It was only 10 or so feet from us while we played with our son. It was inside the circle of playground enclosure, not even left out on a table. The park is nice enough. But don't take your eye off your stuff.
  • Popular swimming and cooling off spot in the warm months, and has a boat launch for those wanting to get out on the water on Lake Whatcom. The community center has regular events. Nice big lawn with some shady trees, too. Good place for a picnic or just for taking a walk by the lake.
  • In the winter and fall seasons, this is by far the best park to take my dog - as there are few to none occupants. Clearly, this is due to the horrendous weather Whatcom County undergoes during these seasons. So, as one would imagine, when summer rolls around, this park becomes crowded. When I say crowded, I am implying that the entire parking lot is full, and the (grass) park parallel is really pushing maximum density. And for some reason, on these crammed, agitating (and sometimes even dangerous), almost half of the attendees think that it is an absolutely fabulous idea to hold a huge family reunion and/or some sort of party. Of course, it isn't really a party without a portable, poor quality, unnecessarily loud, booming speakers blaring some of the most embarrassing, disruptive, and (usually) vulgar "music". One may be able to now understand why this park is not so favorable (especially with a dog) to attend during the summer. Keeping all of this in mind, I am here to explain the most horrifying act I have witnessed in 2017. A good friend and I were desperate for some relief from the unusual heat in Bellingham about a week ago, as well as my energetic border collie. With much hesitation and a bit of arguing, we decide to go to Blodel - since it is so close to where we live. The park wasn't as busy as we were expecting, but after approximately 30 minutes, we began to get nervous (and even somewhat frightened) at the massive flood of families, boaters, and dogs. We decide to swim far out of the way - a few hundred feet from shore - as we probably wouldn't have even been able to make it to shore and escape the park, as the amount of bodies bordering the shore created a wall. With all the courage we could muster, we finally swim back to fight our way through the violent mob. As we are just reaching thigh-high water levels, I feel an aggressive tug on my arm and hear a shocked gasp from my friend. I look to where he is frozen and staring, and see a young boy (5-7 years old) visibly standing in (barely) ankle deep water, about 20 feet away from us I may add, urinating into the very water we were walking out of. In complete and udder horror, we began running as fast as possible from the water and inevitably and uncontrollably gagging. We hear a yell from the water, where a woman floating on an inflatable device barks (louder than my own dog ever could), "Hey! It happens" with a shrug. Whilst still struggling to control our disgust, another woman yells out in fear as well. The original woman (presumably the mother of the poor child) yells, "Get back to me when you've had a few kids". Again, my friend and I began racing back to my burning hot Prius, due to the fact that there is no shade whatsoever in the barren, littered parking lot. I would also like to mention (along the topic of littering), that I am appalled at the fact that people in 2017 fail to pick up after themselves, especially near a body of water. Also, I realize we are in Washington state, but is it really appropriate to be taking massive bong rips in the public eye? If I could rate this excuse of a park a zero star, I would. I will not be attending this park after reaching my final straw of being (just about) urinated on. Take from this what you will.
  • Bloedel Donovan park is a great place to go with the kids this summer or you can drop them off. Its a safe place to drop them off to. There is no lifeguards. So make sure that your little ones know how to swim before dropping them off. There's no condiment store so pack a lunch. It gets pretty crowded there. There is a public restroom. I would recommend this as a great swimming place.
  • Great to swim and play volleyball and basketball. Has playground for kids also.