The Legacy of Byron Elmendorf
 
Dedication, Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am
 
15th Anniversary of the Dedication of this section of the overwater walkway park
 
 
Two interpretive panels will be installed and dedicated at the north end of the covered section at the bottom of Taylor Dock.
 
The dedicated panels will overlook the walkway which Byron envisioned and worked so hard to achieve.  

 
Parks boss not afraid to rock the boat

A fitting headline on Saturday, August 5, 2000 when Byron Elmendorf decided to step down after 22 years as Bellingham's first parks and recreation director.
 
In 1978, Boulevard Park was his first big project on his agenda.  "It was the first of many controversies."
 
Byron credited his father with this wise lesson:   "If the boat's not rocking, its not going anywhere".   
 

 
 
John Stark, reporter for the Bellingham Herald continued:  "Today is may be hard to imagine that one of the city's most popular parks could ever have been thought of as a bad idea."  
 
Here's what Mayor Mark Asmundson had to say, when he "bade Elmendorf farewell with lavish praise"....
 
 
"He has overseen and led the most remarkable development of a system that anyone in the world would be proud of."  "We will miss his sense of humor, and his willingness to stick his neck out where chickens don't."

To Byron, Asmundson added:
 
"Two hundred years from now, people will be enjoying the product of the work you have done." 
 

This project has been completed by a committee headed by Byron's friends and neighbors Geoff and Debbie Middaugh, former mayor Tim Douglas and friend Phil Sharpe.
 
The group recognizes the contribution of many who have worked on our park system, and want to add the recognition of Byron Elmendorf to this long list of dedicated citizens, and public servants.
 

 

 
 

 


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