Welcome to Northwood Lynden Jim Park!
One might ask who is Lynden Jim and why would the City Name this park in honor of this man?
Lynden Jim Yelokanum was a Chief of the Nooksack Tribe. He led the Nooksacks for many years. Lynden Jim passed away in 1911 at the age of 100, and is laid to rest in the Nooksack Cemetery on the west side of the Northwood Rd. (Just east of this Park Property)
As the Chief of the Nooksacks, Lynden Jim greeted and welcomed the early pioneer settlers to Lynden. He had a wealth of knowledge of the territory which proved to be very valuable to the early settlers. Lynden Jim controlled the fisheries on the Fishtrap Creek. He was known by the pioneers as an honest, giving man with a great sense of humor.
The Lynden community was very important to Lynden Jim, he maintained friendly relations with all of his neighbors. Lynden Jim enjoyed bringing together the Nooksacks and the early settlers for large potlatches/gatherings, he provided gifts of dried salmon, meats, potatoes and dried berries.
Education and Christian beliefs were very important to Lynden Jim, he wanted his people/tribe to be well educated, so he dedicated 25acres of his land on Stickney Island Rd. for a school to the Methodist Women’s Home Missionary Society to help educate the young Nooksacks along with the children of the pioneers.
Because of Lynden Jim’s generosity to the greater Community and his vision for education, this park was dedicated in his honor.
Northwood Lynden Jim Park is a reflection of a great man in Lynden’s history Chief Jim Yelokanum “Lynden Jim”.
You will find this park nestled between the backyards of two neighborhoods of Bluestem St. and Littlefield Ct. Where children and families have a large green space to gather. Have a picnic, play at the playground. Have a pick-up game of basketball, pickle ball, backyard football, and whiffle ball. You can stroll the Jim Kaemingk Sr. Trail that meanders through the park, connecting the surrounding neighborhoods to the Lynden Middle School and the Lynden Community by means of the regional Trail System.
Park Amenities include: A Playground, Paved Sports Court, Picnic Tables, Bench Seating, Green Space, Jim Kaemingk Sr. Trail.