The Cornwall Park Neighborhood is in the north central part of Bellingham. This neighborhood is comprised mostly of single family homes and some apartments in a quiet part of town, where many people walk or ride bikes to shopping, schools and downtown. The portion of the neighborhood centered on Broadway Park
was developed in the 1910s and is made up of craftsman homes and bungalows. The streets in this part of the neighborhood are winding and curved, with many beautifully crafted and well maintained properties. Near Cornwall Park, many homes were built in the 1950s. These homes are just a few steps away from Cornwall Park and the neighborhood elementary school. On the northern edge of the neighborhood is St. Joseph Hospital
, the largest hospital in the region and one of Bellingham’s largest public employers.
As you can tell by the name, Cornwall Park
is a very prominent part of the area, taking up about ten percent of the neighborhood with an entire 70 acres. Though the park has several open grassy areas, it is mostly fir and cedar forest with numerous trails and bike paths weaving through it. There are two children’s playgrounds, a toddler’s water park, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and a nine-hole disc golf course that is in constant use. Squalicum Creek runs through the park, and is a popular place for children to play on hot days. Broadway Park, on the south side of the Neighborhood is another large park. Broadway Park has two children’s play grounds and large open areas where neighborhood kids often play soccer.
Right around the corner from Broadway Park is one of the oldest and grandest homes in the neighborhood. The Roeder Home
was built for Victor Roeder, a prominent business man and son of one or Bellingham’s early founders. Built in the Bracketed Gothic style with the finest materials and technology available and finished in 1908, the Roeder home is now on the National List of Historic Places and owned by Whatcom County. Today it functions as a cultural arts and social center. Art classes, events, receptions and weddings are held here every week.
Bellingham is fortunate to be the home of the region’s much acclaimed St. Joseph Hospital. The 253 bed hospital has an excellent Child Birth Center, a Level III trauma center, Cardiovascular Center and Cancer Center. St. Joseph’ Cardiovascular Center offers leading-edge diagnostics and the latest technologies in interventional cardiology and heart surgery. The St. Joseph Cancer Center offers the best technology, techniques and medical skills available to treat cancer. St. Joseph’s is operated by Peace Health and is one of Whatcom County's leading employers.
The children living in the Cornwall Park Neighborhood are close to all the schools they will attend. Parkview Elementary School
is tucked away on the edge of the neighborhood next to Cornwall Park. Parkview has the reputation of having excellent parental involvement and dedicated teachers. Being next to Cornwall Park allows the students to do several science lessons each year that take advantage of the park’s flora and fauna. The students are well known for their salmon release program where the children raise several hundred salmon and then release them into Squalicum Creek in Cornwall Park. Middle School Students go to nearby Whatcom Middle School
and then onto Bellingham High Schoo
l. Besides the public schools, the Cornwall Park Neighborhood is close to several well attended private schools. Assumption Catholic School
and St. Paul’s Academy
are both close enough to walk to from the neighborhood.