Recreation

520230333Many visitors and residents find Lynden is an ideal base for fun and recreation.

Lynden offers special events throughout the year, ranging from top-flight entertainment at the Northwest Washington Fair to the creativity of the Lighted Christmas Parade. Given the importance of agriculture in the area, one shouldn’t be surprised to learn about unique events such as the International Plowing Match, featuring majestic draft horses; a threshing bee highlighting antique tractors and a steam-powered sawmill; and a Raspberry Festival. The tradtiton of agriculture in community is combined with the diverse heritage of the Lynden area during the annual Lynden Heritage Celebration featuring the Farmers Parade the first Saturday in June.

If team sports are the passion of you and/or your children, you’ll inevitably show up at Bender Fields. The highly touted regional recreational complex is used by tens of thousands of soccer, softball, and baseball players in youth, school, and adult events each year. Lynden Youth Sports (LYS)draws over 100 youth teams to play soccer, softball, baseball, and basketball. Teams are sponsored by local businesses and coached by volunteers. For information about Lynden Youth Sports, write to P.O. Box 10, Lynden, WA 98264, call (360) 354-0597, or visit www.lyndenyouthsports.com.

Fitness enthusiasts have numerous choices. The Lynden Activity Center/YMCA offers a swimming pool, racquetball courts, basketball court, and weight room (for more information call 360-354-5000 or visit www.whatcomymca.org). Homestead Golf & Country Club recently made its fitness center a 24-hour operation, and Anytime Fitness recently opened a new facility at the corner of Hannegan and Pole Roads to serve Lynden residents looking for exercise opportunities south of town. If you want to combine a quiet respite with some healthy exercise, Lynden’s flat city streets and surrounding rural roads are ideal for bicyclists and walkers.

For those seeking a more sedate time, try one of Lynden’s parks. Lynden City Parkand Berthusen Park (360-354-6717) both offer trails and covered picnic facilities in addtion to play areas for children including the 22,000 square foot Million Smiles Playground. Downtown Centennial Park(located at 4th & Grover Streets) features a lovely garden tended by the Lynden Garden Club and an impressive memorial to North Whatcom county veterans.

As if all this is not enough, you don’t have to travel far for many addtional options. Two of the world’s most beautiful cities – Vancouver, B.C. (45 miles north), home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and Seattle (100 miles south) are ideal day-trip destinations.

If outdoor recreation is your pleasure, you’ll have a tough time choosing from bicycling, hunting fishing, beachcombing, and much more. The base of 10,778-foot-high Mt. Baker – beckoning skiers, hikers, and picnickers – is just 90 minutes east of Lynden. You also can head west 20 minutes to saltwater beaches, while the exquisite San Juan Islands are easily accessible by ferries and other vessels. Visit the Lake Terrell Wildlife Area in Ferndale to get upclose to nature.

With so much to do, you can see why so many choose to call Lynden home.

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