Folks, this is the piece of land that inspired me to be a cyclocross promoter. Amazing terrain features, a giant staircase, wide open views of the entire course, grass/gravel/mud, and smack dab in the middle of Bellingham. No, not Cornwall Park. It's Squalicum!
This is an old light industrial site, formerly an airport called Graham's Field (click on the site in this map for a history), a gravel pit for Pacific Concrete, and a plant nursery for the Parks Dept. Most recently, it became Bellingham's newest city park and contains a relatively new baseball field. When we first started racing here in 2008, the plans were to add several more fields. Now, with pressure on government services as they are, perhaps cyclocross is the perfect low maintenance activity this type of multi-use, post-industrial site needs to keep thriving (along with dog walking, sledding, and other zero-facility type uses).
At the moment, it is the raddest hard cyclocross course in the center of town! Lots of mounds and hills, some of which may be demolished in the future, so get up them while you still have the power!