JUNE 2022

June 14 Cordata Neighborhood Community Meeting

Join us back at the Cordata Presbyterian Church at 400 Meadowbrook Court at 7:00 pm.

Our speakers include the following:

Greg Hope, Education and Outreach Coordinator, COB

Sky Terry, NW Regional Emergency Services Director, Emergency Volunteer Air Corps

Claire Beszhak, Certified Manager of Community Associations, Navigate Community Management
Your Cordata Neighborhood Board is going on summer vacation.

We will not be holding a community meeting in July or August nor will we be publishing a newsletter in July or August. We can still be contacted through our webpage if you need to reach us.

We hope you take the summer months to enjoy friends and family, make new friends, travel (safely) to new (or favorite) places, and enjoy the beautiful nature offered to us here in the Pacific Northwest.

However, please see the details below regarding the special June 30 Zoom meeting about the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.

COB Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Updates

You are being asked to offer your opinion in a survey about the City's Master Plan for pedestrian and bicycle pathways in Bellingham.

The following information and links are from the City's webpages.

The general City web page for 2022 Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan Updates.

The City News Release issued last week.

A Community Survey and an online Interactive Web Map on the Engage Bellingham web site. 

The City also announced the first Open House for the Pedestrian Master Plan update, which will take place on June 1, 2022 at Shuksan Middle School from 6:00-8:00pm.
Citizens can keep up-to-date with all of the activities for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan updates by entering your email address at this link.

The Cordata Neighborhood Association and the King Mountain Neighborhood Association are co-hosting a Zoom meeting about this issue. The invite details follow. Please consider joining us to learn more and contribute to the conversation about this topic that helps define a neighborhood's livability.

COB Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 30, 2022 06:30 PM


Meeting ID: 255 603 0627
Passcode: 123456
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       +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Horton Road Roundabout

At our last community meeting, we discussed some parameters and ideas around the sizes, shapes, themes, and colors for the proposed public artwork on the roundabout. Shannon Taysi with the COB will take these ideas and shape a request for proposals to be sent to artists. Concerns have been expressed regarding art work as a potential distraction for drivers that might result in more accidents. I referred this question to Chris Comeau, COB Transportation Planner as none of us wants to see any more distracted drivers negotiating a roundabout. This is his response:

It is absolutely false that artwork in a roundabout will lead to increased collisions. Ideal roundabout design calls for a physical object to obstruct the view of any driver approaching the roundabout so that on-coming traffic is not as visible. This has the effect of forcing the driver to pay more attention (not less) as they enter the roundabout. Artwork is meant to enhance the look and feel of the roundabout for everyone, not just drivers. If you’d like to see a plethora of examples of artwork in roundabouts, visit the City of Bend, Oregon’s Roundabout ArtWalk web site; they have over 20 roundabouts, each with a unique piece of artwork.
Lydia Place
Heart Home

As is true for many of us, we need a bit of positive news about how a community is supporting others and helping to make the world a little safer and better for others.

The Grand Opening of Lydia Place's Heart Home was a great opportunity to celebrate that kind of effort. It was wonderful to see this beautiful building ready to make a home for some neighbors with limited options. It was inspiring to meet people who have been working on this project for 9 years. And it was affirming to hear about all the community partners who have contributed to make it happen.

"Heart House is the newest Lydia Place-owned and operated property that will provide 11 permanent supportive housing units and a licensed early learning facility to low-income families with children in our community."

Lydia Place is listed below, as a place for donations. They are also looking for "Welcome Home Essentials" such as cleaning products, bath/beauty supplies, linens, cleaning tools and supplies, and paper products. The Heart Home is unfurnished, so donations of money or used furniture is also welcome. Refer to the Lydia Place website for more information.

Urban Forestry Management Plan

The City of Bellingham wants to hear your thoughts as they collect input for the development of the first ever Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP), a strategic plan for maintaining and enhancing a healthy and desirable urban forest. (Detallos en español)

They added an additional opportunity for input!
Event: Urban Forestry Comment Booth--City’s Pedestrian Master Plan Open House
Location: Shuksan Middle School gymnasium – 2717 Alderwood Ave, Bellingham
Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm, drop-in anytime

For additional opportunities, visit the Engage Bellingham UFMP Project page, through June 15. Includes an online survey in English and Spanish, information about outreach events, and an interactive map to share feedback on which places our community values and would like to see improved.

We will have paper copies of this survey available at our CNA Community Meeting on June 14 if you prefer to provide your thoughts the "old school" way.
North Bellingham Library Services

The Bellingham Library Board hired a consultancy firm to gather information and make a recommendation to the City Council about additional library services. To that end, they invited community members from the Cordata, Meridian, Birchwood and King/Queen Mountain neighborhoods to meet with the consultants. I am pleased to report that Cordata was well represented at each of the three meetings.

The next step is to wait to see the first report from the consultants which they expect to be in June.

We want to extend our appreciation to the twelve Cordata community members who attended the meetings.

This is an email I received from Rebecca Judd, the Bellingham Library Director:

With the whirlwind of our on-site consultant visit behind us, I wanted to say thank you again to everyone from Cordata who shared their time and their thoughts last week. And to you for your organization and advocacy! We are looking forward to bringing a report to Council later this summer with community-driven and data-driven recommendations for improved Library services and spaces.

Another ray of hope in these dark days of violence among and by our youth is this program through the Whatcom Community Foundation.

The following is the introductory letter about this program.

As part of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re spotlighting the state of youth mental health in Whatcom County. We began developing this newsletter in early March. Two days ago, as many of you have seen in the news, a young person in our community died by suicide.

Amidst the unthinkable loss the family of this teen is facing, we wrestled with whether to share this newsletter today as planned. We chose to move forward because lives are at stake. It's that simple: one of you could be the difference in a local child’s life. The picture of youth mental health in our community is not pretty. But there are reasons for hope — and ways for you to help. Read on for more about both. 
Mauri Ingram,
President & CEO
Be kind to each other. We need it now more than ever.
CNA Website
As a reminder, check out our new webpage. We will continue to send monthly newsletters, but the website provides a great deal more information such as the following pages:

Introducing the CNA
All About Cordata
CNA Newsletter
Events and News
Contact and Support

This is the community website, so we invite you to submit your HOA/COA or neighborhood news and events, photos that you'd like to submit that speak to our shared community, and any questions or comments you may have.

If you have a business that you'd like to promote, please feel free to send us text/images as well.

We hope you enjoy the website and find it useful.

And remember to use the "Send Us a Message" form on the Contact and Support page of our new webpage LINK HERE to send us your suggestions for speakers or topics for future community meetings as well as anything else you'd like to share.

We love to hear from our neighbors.
Curious about how US citizens are helping the citizens of Ukraine?

This is a LINK to a bank in Ukraine that is accepting donations for humanitarian aid to the citizens of Ukraine.

The following is a list of organizations that also provide direct relief to Ukraine.

(This one aims to help Ukraine pursue a democratic society that has civil rights for all.)


For an update on Phase 2 of Cordata Park, use the Engage Bellingham LINK.
Looking for alternatives
to calling 911?

Homeless Outreach Team: Weekdays 7am to 9:30pm 360-312-3717

Mobile Crisis Outreach Team: 24/7 –

Report a crime not in progress without a suspect Bellingham Police – Weekdays: 360-778-8804

Report a crime not in progress with a suspect Bellingham Police – Weekdays: 360-676-6911

Dispute Resolution Center – Not a crisis line: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 360-676-0122
Looking for a place to donate clothes or other items other than "for profit" places? Here's a list that I found on NextDoor. Some of these may not still be accepting, so check it out before you go.

Report Non-Emergencies

If you see something that you feel needs to be brought to the attention of the City, e.g., graffiti, broken glass in a bike lane, vandalism, the City wold like you to use their SEE-CLICK-FIX site. You can get more information at SeeClickFix FAQ
We are now able to take CNA Membership fees/donations through Paypal. You may continue to use a check and mail to the address below.

CNA Membership
We \happily accept memberships fees/donations to the Cordata Neighborhood Association. Join either through the Paypal LINK or through regular mail at
PO Box 30061
Bellingham, WA 98228
All donations are tax deductible: ID# 17053217309029

The CNA is proud to support two other funds. Please consider supporting either or both by sending a check to the addresses below.

Donations to CNA Scholarship Fund
Whatcom Community College Foundation,
237 W Kellogg Road,
Bellingham, WA 98226-9912

Donations to a Children's Room in our Prospective Cordata Branch Library
Whatcom Community Foundation
Attn: Children's Library Fund
1500 Cornwall, #202
Bellingham, WA 98225


For the most up-to-date information on the virus, go to the Whatcom County Health Department Dashboarrd.

The COB publishes a lovely Playbook each year with outdoor activities for everyone.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors has a Facebook page as well as a Hotline: 360-778-2762.

Bellingham Food Bank website is providing food boxes.

The Nextdoor app or website to stay in touch with your immediate neighbors.
Common Sense Media has resources for parents and caregivers working with children at home.

The Bellingham Library online has resources for children and adults.

Support local businesses with the help of this website.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions for the City or County Representatives?

See you Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm at the Cordata Presbyterian Church
CNA Community Meeting and Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 for the Zoom meeting on pedestrian and bicycle paths in Bellingham