The Greenways 5 Levy Campaign is proud to have the following endorsements.

Click Here to add your endorsement!


  • Aspire Adventure RunningTrails, parks, and greenways are spaces of connection that strengthen our community and provide inclusive access to our cherished landscapes.
  • Conservation Northwest
  • Greater Bellingham Running Club – As a Club which uses many of the Trails and Parks in our Community. We are very much in favor of the continued support of the Greenways Levy. We strongly encourage all those who enjoy and recreate in our outdoor resources to get out and vote for the Greenways 5 Levy and keep this wonderful legacy alive.
  • League of Women VotersThe proposed Greenways Levy is supported by the League of Women Voters because it advances our position regarding the preservation and protection of unique land and other natural resources of this area.
  • Mount Baker ClubThe Mount Baker Club has a long standing interest in preserving and improving access to both backcountry and urban recreational areas and green spaces for the wellbeing of our environment and the people who engage in those spaces. As such, we support the 2023 Greenways Levy measure.
  • North Cascades Audubon Society – The parks, shorelines, and corridors that have been preserved through the Greenways program provide important migration and nesting habitat for vast array of birds, and many opportunities for birders to get outdoors close to home. We support the Greenways Levy and look forward to the many new projects still to come.
  • Peak Sustainability GroupThank you Greenways Team, City Parks staff, and citizens of Bellingham for your awesome commitment to preserving and developing so many incredible amenities over the years. No other community in Washington has what we have. Let’s keep it going for our kids and generations to come!
  • Recreation Northwest
  • Walk & Roll Bellingham – We endorse this levy because trails are critical for both transportation and recreation. Greenway trails are an important part of our transportation network, and they enhance our ability to recreate and enjoy green spaces close to home. The levy elevates our quality of life by supporting active lifestyles and a healthy environment for us all to enjoy.
  • Whatcom Democrats
  • Whatcom Million Trees ProjectWhatcom Million Trees Project endorses this levy and encourages all residents of Bellingham to vote for its approval. Its passage will expand and enrich the wonderful Greenways network of trails and parks further, particularly in the north portion of Bellingham. It also will fund better maintenance of existing Greenways forests that are being seriously degraded by invasives and climate stresses. All in all, our community’s resilience and health will be enhanced by approval of this measure.
  • Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition – Since 1990, the Bellingham Greenways program has proven to be a valuable resource for connecting neighborhoods via trails, protecting greenspaces and supporting important park infrastructure and maintenance. Funds from previous Greenways Levies purchased the recreation easement on Galbraith Mountain which allows public trail access forever.



  • Seth Fleetwood, Mayor of BellinghamGreenways is the most successful program in the history of Bellingham. Bellingham today is truly defined by its success. Maintaining and enhancing a robust environmental infrastructure as we continue to grow as a city is one of our highest values. Passing this Greenways measure assures our ongoing commitment.
  • Kim Lund, Candidate for Mayor of Bellingham – I love that the Greenways 5 levy focuses on Bellingham’s future. It continues the legacy of past programs through stewardship of existing investments, ensures everyone has access to our treasured green spaces and will have major impacts on our quality of life for years to come. Even more importantly, it provides flexibility for the critical needs of our growing population and allocates funds for the bold ideas that will shape our shared future. Please join me in voting yes!
  • Daniel Pike, Former Mayor of Bellingham
  • Ken Hertz, Former Mayor of Bellingham – Let’s keep this essential program moving forward for our children, grandchildren, and community.
  • Mark Asmundson, Former Mayor of Bellingham – “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors–– we borrow it from our children.” (words of Chief Seattle). A legacy follows each of us. Voting for the Greenways levy allows me, and tens of thousands of other Greenways supporters, the chance to continue positively shaping that legacy for all to enjoy–rich or poor–now and for generations to come. Preserving Bellingham’s spectacular gifts from nature and providing access to enjoy and experience them is not merely our duty as responsible citizens; it is a privilege.
  • Daniel Hammill, City Council Member
  • Hannah Stone, City Council Member – Bellingham’s Greenways Program began in 1990 when a group of residents organized to raise funds for land acquisition to link our trail corridors with parks and forests. Our community’s continued commitment to protect open spaces and prevent urban sprawl is vital to our climate action efforts and overall health. Over the past 30 years our community has grown, and fortunately so have our Greenways!
  • Hollie Huthman, City Council Member – Greenways helps to create a high quality of life in Bellingham for EVERYONE to enjoy.
  • Lisa A. Anderson, City Council Member – Greenways has been a wonderful funding resource and a gift to future generations by expanding our trails and open space. This new levy can help us address our climate resiliency as we mitigate the impacts of climate change. I look forward to planting more trees, preserving open space, and improving equitability of park access in our underserved neighborhoods.
  • Michael Lilliquist, City Council MemberOur public parks and trails add to everyone’s quality of life, at every stage in life, in every neighborhood, and every income level. They truly bring us all together in healthy living.
  • Eamonn Collins, Candidate for Bellingham City CouncilThe greenways levy is responsible for so many beloved public spaces in Bellingham and essential to continue building the resiliency of our community in the face of climate change.
  • Jace Cotton, Candidate for Bellingham City CouncilThe Greenways program is vital to our community. Continuing this work is crucial for local climate action and equity in land-use.
  • Liz Darrow, Candidate for Bellingham City Council – The Greenways Levy plays an important role in moving toward a just and equitable future for everyone in Bellingham. As a climate justice candidate, I endorse the stewardship and thoughtful management of our green spaces with a focus on equitable access and involvement represented in the Greenways Levy 5.
  • Russ Whidbee, Candidate for Bellingham City Council – As a 20-year financial manager and accounting instructor, I know the value of Greenways can’t be measured just in dollars. The benefits our community derives are just as diverse and beautiful as Bellingham is! Vote Yes for our future!
  • Jack Weiss, Former City Council Member
  • Joy Keenan, Former City Council Member, and Don Keenan – Look around our community and you can’t help feeling grateful for all the green spaces, parks and trails that enrich our neighborhoods—funded and developed by past and current Greenways levies. Those investments have made our city a more livable and enjoyable place for everyone. By supporting Greenways 5 our Bellingham community will continue to leave a wonderful legacy for our children and their children. Please join us in voting YES for Greenways!
  • Louise Bjornson, Former City Council Member – Our Greenways Program is one thing that makes Bellingham special. A Legacy of Greenspaces all over our city is something we can be proud to leave for our grandchildren.
  • Leslie Bryson, Former Parks DirectorClose your eyes and imagine what Bellingham would be like without Taylor Dock, Squalicum Creek Park, Cordata Park, Waypoint Park, Galbraith Mountain recreation area, and the 100 Acre Wood. Now open your eyes and vote yes for Greenways V.
  • Sharon Shewmake, State Senator, 42nd LD – It’s pretty amazing that I can walk to a waterfall from my house and watch salmon swim upstream. It’s only possible because of the commitment previous generations made to protecting and investing in greenways. As our city grows, I want to make sure we are looking out for the next generation’s opportunities to recreate and protect.
  • Michael A Shepard, Port Commissioner, District No. 1 – Our fantastic public trails and spaces are a big part of why this community is great to live in. The Greenways Levy has been a huge success and I am happy to support it continuing.
  • Jon Scanlon, Candidate for Whatcom County Council, At-Large – The Greenways Program takes me to some of my favorite places such as walking my dogs to Little Squalicum Park and riding my mountain bike on the Railroad Trail to meet up with friends at Galbraith. I support the Greenways 5 Levy and look forward to watching sunsets from The Pier at Little Squalicum Park, launching a kayak from Salish Landing, and continuing to link the Bay to Baker Trail. A yes vote for Greenways Levy 5 will help to connect our community to the beautiful landscapes that surround us.
  • Barry Ulman – One good reason to live in Bellingham is its accessibility to some prime natural areas in and around the city. Much of our green space has been lost to development, which has been going on at a frightening pace. The existence of Greenways will guarantee that there will always be some natural areas in town safe from development.
  • Betsy GrossBellingham’s jewel in its crown is its system of trails that thread their way through this beautiful city, allowing residents to have multiple opportunities for walks in its forests.
  • Chris MoenchBellingham’s Greenways program, funded by voter-approved tax levies, have created a web of trails and green spaces that are a critical element of our community’s livable beauty. As Bellingham continues to grow it is essential that the Greenways do too. Please vote your support for this fifth levy! Your children and grandchildren will be deeply grateful!
  • Eric HirstIn the two decades I’ve lived in Bellingham, I’ve enjoyed so many benefits from our terrific system of parks, trails, and open space. So have my kids and their kids. I was proud to serve on the city’s Greenway Advisory Committee about a decade ago and am actively promoting passage of this latest levy to continue funding greenways.
  • John Harter – Our greenways and parks are the pride of Bellingham and one of the many reasons it is a pleasure to live here. The modest tax is well worth the benefits the funds support.
  • Kate McDonaldOne of my favorite experiences I’ve had since moving to Bellingham is showing off the area to my friends and family when they come for a visit. Without exception, they get so excited (and a bit jealous) when I take them to our parks, or when we bike and hike on our trails. They ask how Bellingham has been able to provide so much free, green space for everyone. I am always so proud to tell them that it is through the support of our citizens who have passed the Greenways Levy every time it has come up for vote. Greenways is not only an important resource for all of us who call Bellingham our home, it is a legacy we are leaving for all those who come after us. For that reason, I will vote in favor of the Greenways Five Levy and hope you do the same.
  • Katie Schaner
  • Laurel CookI am very grateful for the vision and dedication of those who have made Greenways a part of our city! Continue the legacy and vote YES in November.
  • Neil Schaner
  • Robert D RiesenbergOne of the most valuable and beneficial qualities of the Bellingham and Whatcom County region is the abundance of trails and parks open to the public. It is beneficial for our psychological and physical well-being plus property values. It also contributes to healthy ecosystems by protecting more acres from development.
  • Steve WalkerThe return on investment from the Greenways Levy is enormous. Bellingham could bill itself as “The City of Trails.” Voters have supported open space acquisition and habitat protection via the Greenways Program for over a quarter of century. Now is no time to stop preserving what makes our region so precious!








Endorse the Greenways 5 Levy Campaign

Endorse the Greenways 5 Levy Campaign by completing the form below. By endorsing, you give us permission to list your name and/or reason for endorsing on our website and other materials.



    Make a Donation!

    We Need Your Help

    Funding is Critical, We Need Your Support.

    Donate Now


    Volunteer for the Greenways 5 Levy Campaign

    Help encourage Bellingham to vote for Greenways.


    You are donating to : Greenways Levy

    How much would you like to donate?
    $50 $100 $150
    Would you like to make regular donations? I would like to make donation(s)
    How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
    Name *
    Last Name *
    Email *
    Additional Note