Park, Recreation and Public Access Plan

The Port recently launched a planning effort to update its Recreation, Conservation and Open Space (RCO) Plan.  The RCO Plan is a 6-year vision and roadmap for Port recreational facilities which guides Port decisions on where to build new facilities, how to improve existing facilities, and where to make capital investments such as in marinas, visitor moorage, and boat launches. 

As part of the 2017 RCO update process, the public is invited to participate in an on-line priority survey of recreation facility projects.  To take the survey, visit  Understanding community priorities is essential to creating a well-developed plan that guides the future development of recreational facilities and enables the Port to efficiently administer resources.  The project priority survey will be available to the public through June 2017.

After considering the public input provided with the project priority survey staff will work with the Board of Commissioners through their budget process to develop a list of anticipated recreational projects over the next six years. Stay tuned for more information on open houses in Bellingham and Blaine this fall in where the Port will solicit additional public comments on the proposed list of recreational projects and the draft 2017 Parks, Recreation and Public Access Plan.  The 2017 Parks, Recreation and Public Access plan is anticipated to be adopted by the end of the year. With the help of the community, an approach can be developed that maintains and enhances the qualities of Port recreational facilities.

Comments and questions are welcome throughout the planning process. For more information, please contact Port Planning Analyst Greg McHenry by email at

For your reference, below is the Port's existing RCO Plan:

RCO Plans must be updated every 6 years for the Port to be eligible for Boating Facility or other Recreation and Conservation grants offered through the State of Washington's Recreation and Conservation Office(RCO).