Lighthouse Marine Park prepares for possible reopening

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Whatcom County parks staff is getting Lighthouse Marine Park ready for a busy summer season, though that may not happen if current border restrictions remain in place.

“Staff is making preparations for the campground to reopen once the travel restriction is lifted,” said Christ Thomsen, operations manager with the county parks department. “Efforts include de-winterizing facilities, replacing aging campground furnishings, and recruiting seasonal staff to assist with campground and facilities maintenance and management.”

Currently, reservations for the campground are not being accepted and the campground remains closed. “Right now we’re holding off on reservations until we know more on what’s going to happen after the 21st of April,” when the current border restrictions expire, said county parks director Michael McFarlane.

The closure of the U.S./Canada border to non-essential travel has now been extended 12 consecutive times since March 2020 and could be again. “We’re planning on a limited opening if the border restrictions aren’t lifted,” McFarlane said, “and if it does open, we’ll be ready to go as normal.”

McFarlane said they would need to hire at least two seasonal workers for Lighthouse Marine Park and the other three properties on the Point operated by county parks. Candidates can apply online at whatcomcounty.us/1675/Current-Job-Openings.

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