Welcome to the Parks Department

Whether you are walking through Berthusen Park, catching fish Fish in Trap Creek Creek in City Park, or participating in a sporting event at Bender fields, the staff of the Lynden Parks Department strives daily to provide our residents the highest quality outdoor venues in the area.

The Parks Department is responsible for the daily maintenance of all of the City of Lynden’s parks, athletic fields, city buildings, and right-of-way spaces. The care of turf, trees, and landscaping is met with an emphasis on quality, which in turn provides our citizens with great open spaces to enjoy.

Mission Statement: The Parks Department shall provide safe, beautiful and quiet places for family picnics and recreation, including areas for recreation for youth sports, adult leagues, and tournaments.  Activities for youth are a focal point, to provide the city’s youth an opportunity for positive recreation.

The Parks Department shall also place an emphasis on planning for future needs and the level of service that should be maintained at its current level.

Services Provided: Shelters and picnic areas are provided at City Park, Greenfield Village, Bender Fields and Berthusen Park.  Playfields are located at Bender Fields.  Playground equipment is available at most locations.  The beginning of the City wide Trail system run’s from City Park thru Bender Fields.

Lynden City Parks information: Centennial Park, City Park, Bender Fields, Berthusen Park, Greenfield Village, Patterson Park, Jim Kaemingk Sr Trail.

Vern Meenderinck<br />
Parks & Recreation Director
Vern Meenderinck
Parks & Recreation Director

Department Links

Park Fees-2015
Donation Policy
Lynden City Events Permit
City Map
2014 Park and Trail Master Plan

All Parks Department downloadable forms and applications can be found HERE.

All forms and applications for the City of Lynden can be found HERE.

Centenial Park

Centennial Park is located downtown Lynden at the corner of 4th & Grover Streets. This park features a lovely Memorial Honoring North Whatcom County Veterans.

There are Picnic Tables, Seating Benches available, as well as nearby Public Restrooms, the Lynden Library, Community Center and Public Transportation.

Mission Statement:
To promote, enhance, and protect the historic, environmental, and educational opportunities for the community in a rustic natural setting of the park entrusted to the City of Lynden. To provide a beautiful, clean, safe and pleasant environment for the public to use and enjoy.

8am to Dusk
City Park Rules
*Alcohol is not allowed
*No Overnight Stay or Parking
*No Motorized Vehicles allowed on the Jim Kaemingk Sr. Trail
*No Harvesting or collecting living or dead material
*All pets must be kept on a leash
*Pack out garbage and use garbage/recycling receptacles
*Park Closes at Dusk

City Park & Million Smiles Playground

City Park is also known as Million Smiles Playground Park. City Park has been a place of enjoyment for decades, located north of downtown Lynden; generations after generations have been hiking in amongst the tall conifer trees, skipping rocks in Fishtrap Creek, picnicking with friends and family. Lynden City Park playgrounds have been fond childhood memories of those who grew up in the area, after so many years of wear and tear the community joined together in the spring of 2006 to build a new playground “Million Smiles”. This playground was designed, built, and funded by the hundreds of Community Volunteers, in a matter of 9 days.

The playground features a tot lot, climbing wall, swings, jungle gym, a castle maze, and a 35ft.tall tree house with a slide.  Many children have left their handprints in the playground and families and business left there names etched into a picket fence marking a memory of fun for generations to come.

Other Park amenities include 4 lighted Tennis Courts, A Pickleball Court, A Basketball Court, the Begining of the Jim Kaemingk Sr. City Trail, Fish Trap Creek, Group Shelters, and multiple picnic tables throughout the park for visitors to enjoy!

8am to Dusk
*Alcohol is not allowed
*No Overnight Stay or Parking
*No Motorized Vehicles allowed on the Jim Kaemingk Sr. Trail
*No Harvesting or collecting living or dead material
*All pets must be kept on a leash
*Pack out garbage and use garbage/recycling receptacles
*Park Closes at Dusk
City Park Photos

Million Smiles Playground 

Bender Fields

Bender Family Recreational Park (Bender Fields) is a 56 acre ball field complex featuring 21 acres of open space, soccer fields, and lacrosse field, 35 acres of softball, and youth baseball fields. (Contact the Park office for field use permission and field availability).

This park comes alive mid March and doesn’t quiet down until late October.

The Jim Kaemingk Sr. City Trail meanders through the complex, beginning at Bender Rd to Aaron Dr.
There is a 1 acre fenced enclosed “Off Leash” Dog Park in the southeast corner of the complex.
Also available at Bender Fields is Picnic Shelter, Large Indoor Kitchen Facility, Picnic Tables, Bocci Ball Court, Large Playground, Concessions, and Restroom Facilities.

Bender Fields is the location of the Lynden Parks Department Office and Park Maintenance Shop.

Helpful Links:

Lynden Youth Sports

Whatcom County YMCA

Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation

8am to Dusk or “When the lights go out”
Bender Park Rules
*No Dogs Inside Fenced Ball Fields (fields 1-4); Dogs must be on a Leash in all Other Areas of the Park. (Except the fenced in dog park)
*No Bicycles Allowed inside the Fenced Ball Fields (fields1-4).
*No Alcoholic Beverages on Park Property (including parking lot).
*No Vehicles, Driving or Parking on Fields or City Trail
*No Parking along Church/Park Fire Lanes.
*No Climbing on Goals, Backstops, or Fences.
*No Changing Bases or Moving Pitching Rubbers
*No Moving Soccer Goals
*No Over Night Stay or Parking
*No Fireworks on Park Property. (Including Parking lot)
*Park Closes at Dusk when Ball Games are not taking place

Berthusen Park

Welcome to the farm homesteaded in 1883 by Hans Berthusen and cherished by Hans and his wife Lida Hawley-Berthusen. Their barn and privy, (listed on the Register of Historic Places), were built from trees grown on the farm.

Hans and Lida, with help from their lawyer and banker, prepared a will so that following their deaths in 1943 and 1944 their entire 236 acres were given to the people of the city of Lynden to enjoy and preserve.

Berthusen Park provides picnic areas, group shelters, playground activities, old growth forest for hiking and educational purposes, Antique Tractor Club displays, Historic Barn with equipment on display, Lynden RC Model Airplane Flying Club, Lynden Shotgun Club, Boy Scout Troop 28 Cabin, Bertrand Creek, and a quiet country setting to enjoy it in.

Mission Statement:
To promote, enhance, and protect the historic, environmental, and educational opportunities for the community in a rustic natural setting of the park entrusted to the City of Lynden. To provide a beautiful, clean, safe and pleasant environment for the public to use and enjoy.

Helpful Links:

Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machine Assoc.

Lynden Shotgun Club

LyndenModelFlyingClub

Lynden Pioneer Museum

National Register of Historic Places

Whatcom Chapter Backcountry Horseman of Washington

8am to Dusk
Berthusen Rules
*Alcohol is not allowed.
*No Motorized Vehicles allowed on the Trails
*Remain on the Trails to protect the Biodiversity of the Forest.
*Horseback Riding is allowed on Trails April – Oct.
*No Horseback Riding Friday-Sunday June – August.
*Pick-up Your Animals Waste
*All Pets must be kept on a Leash
*No Harvesting or Collecting Living or Dead Material
*No Hunting allowed
*Pack Out Garbage and Use Garbage/Recycling Receptacles
*No Over Night Stay or Parking
*Park Closes at Dusk

Greenfield Park

Patterson Park is named after Colonel James Alexander Patterson, the first white settler in Lynden. Patterson had built a cabin in 1860, (was located just south of 6th and Front streets) Patterson and his Native American wife had lived there for most of the decade. At some point in the late 1860s his wife left him, and Patterson began to search for a foster home for his two young daughters. Patterson frequently visited Holden and Phoebe Judson’s home on Whidbey Island.
Patterson made an offer to the Judson’s that he would swap his home and land in what was then known among the settlers as “Nooksack” if the Judson’s would care for his two young daughters, Dollie and Nellie. The Judson’s agreed, and Patterson executed a quitclaim deed to his land in favor of Phoebe Judson in March 1870.
The Judson’s later built what Phoebe Judson would refer to as her ideal home,
“a home that should be built by a mountain stream that flowed to the Pacific…and nothing should obstruct our view of the beautiful, snow-capped mountains”.

You too can enjoy this property as Colonel Patterson and the Judson’s did decades ago. With pristine view of Mt. Baker and the Twin Sister Mountains, while playing the 9 hole Disc Golf Course, while enjoying a picnic lunch or walking the paths of Patterson Park.

Patterson Park is approx. 2 acres, additional 2 acres of the disc golf course property was purchased by the Lynden Regional Park and Recreation District.  Many Lynden Community Members volunteered to design and install the disc golf course.
Future development of a Nature Trail, Wildlife Viewing Platform and Picnic Shelters are envisioned to be developed.

The Disc Golf Course will be closed during the winter months.

Park amenities include Paved & Gravel Parking lot, Gravel Paths, and a Disc Golf Course.

8am to Dusk
*Alcohol is not allowed
*No Overnight Stay or Parking
*No Motorized Vehicles allowed on the Trails or Disc Golf Course
*No Harvesting or collecting living or dead material
*All pets must be kept on a leash
*Pack out garbage and use garbage/recycling receptacles
*Park Closes at Dusk

Patterson Park

Greenfield Park is a 2 acre neighborhood park that offers a large open play field, covered shelter, playground, and basketball hoop.
8am to Dusk
*Alcohol is not allowed
*No Overnight Stay or Parking
*No Motorized Vehicles allowed on the Jim Kaemingk Sr. Trail
*No Harvesting or collecting living or dead material
*All pets must be kept on a leash
*Pack out garbage and use garbage/recycling receptacles
*Park Closes at Dusk
No Park Fees