Imagine an outdoor museum with native ferns, salal, and vine maple for a floor and a glittering ceiling of sunlight twinkling through the canopy of towering cedars above. This is what makes this special park a feast for the eyes and a respite for the soul. Once you enter the park and begin winding your way through the gently rolling serpentine paths, an unmistakable mantle of peace and quiet envelops you while sculptural delights surprise you at every turn. Some are whimsical, some invite heartfelt contemplation, while others are meant to be puzzled over. Over 39 artist pieces dot this 2.5 acre haven of artistic exploration. If you’ve never been to Big Rock Garden Sculpture Park, you have a real treat awaiting you! For directions, hours, and events at the park, please see the City of Bellingham’s website here.
There is a small parking area at the park but I would suggest parking your car or taking the bus to Bloedel-Dovovan Park and walking up through the quaint Silver Beach neighborhood, into the cedar and sword fern forests of the Silver Beach Preserve, and on to Big Rock Garden Sculpture Park. The entire walk there and back is no more than 2 miles, making it great for kids or when time is limited. Once you’ve arrived at Bloedel-Donovan Park:
- Walk north on Electric Avenue and cross Alabama Street.
- Continue straight up the slight incline on Dakin Street about 2 blocks and turn R on Silver Beach Avenue.
- Walk about 2 blocks and turn L on Peters Street.
- Walk up Peters Street until you see the path directly in front of you (as if Peters Street continued but turned to path) This section is short but steep. Yay for walking workouts!
- Keep following the path until you see sign for Big Rock Garden Park…it’s super easy.
A Handful of Big Rock Garden Park’s Treasures…
If you want to add more walking to this walk, you can follow the path back (the way you came) through the Silver Beach Preserve and follow the well-marked trail signs north to Northridge Park. This park is at the very top of Barkley Hill and the main trail makes a big loop that brings you right back to where you began. This would add roughly 2 more miles to your walk. It’s definitely worth the time and effort.
I hope you find your way to this special park. It is sure to surprise, delight, amaze, and possibly even inspire you!
Always appreciate seeing where you are walking. Hope you have healed well. My mom fell and broke her hip. She’s in rehab End of December she may be moving to Mt Shasta into one of John Sanguinetti’s apts. Big changes My son may be buying in Mt Shasta instead of Bellingham. Still want to make it up there to visit though. Doing my best with it all Life goes on With love
My foot is just about 100%. Sorry about mom…it’s a long road back from a break like that. May I never take my mobility for granted!
Lots of love…
Thank you Ann and Aaron for sending this beautiful article/commentary on this lovely park! What a wonderful way to have your spirit revived. I especially like the sculptures and the way that you described this lush outdoor “museum”. A truly beautiful walk to begin our work week. Love you, Lynne
Thanks for reading!