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“Friendly park”
Review of Lake Padden Park

Lake Padden Park
Ranked #4 of 86 things to do in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 900 acre park offers several miles of walking and biking trails.
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Lake Padden Park has much to recommend it: a hiking path around the lake, short enough to do fairly easily, and extra branches for a bigger challenge; a swimming beach; picnic areas with covered pavilions for groups and grills to cook on; children's play ground; a dog leash-free area; quiet water sports (kayak, air mattress, no motors allowed); fishing in season. It is a community park for Bellingham, so quite a few activities take place here or start or stop here, including the New Year's Polar Bear swim and the summer Dog Days (a one-day event for dogs with booths selling dog-related items and a challenge course for dog gymnastics). It does lack parking on the very hot days of summer (relatively few) as the locals head for the swimming.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

A 2.6 mile path loops around the lake, passing a passel of recreation opportunities. If you park by the ball fields, you will see a large map of all the trails going up the ridge. Walking along the lake counterclockwise, pass the playground, picnic spots, canoe launch areas, swimming near the shower shelters, tennis courts, and some nice walking through stands of cedar and Douglas fir. The adjacent golf course is ranked one of the prettiest public links in the state.

Thank Roger T
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I live close to the park, so I can easily walk or bike there. But if you want to be in the water on a hot summer day, make sure to get there early because the parking lot fills up quickly!

Thank SunnyLake
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a nice park that offers a lot to people with different interests. There is a nice walk all around the lake, a golf course, picnic area, small boat area and a playground.

Thank Flowerstoo
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

There is no way to accurately describe the serenity of Lake Padden in the early morning. I love walking along the trails and sometimes sit on one of the strategicly placed benches or at the end of the dock and just relax. It's a friendly place to walk but not intrusive. I always get morning nods or smiles and sniffs from dogs. Trails are wide, scenery lovely, people friendly. I always feel safe there.

Thank jbzanotti
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