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Welcome to the York Neighborhood Association Website!

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The York Neighborhood Association (YNA) exists to preserve and enhance the community and engage citizens in civic affairs. We work to promote a safe, comfortable, and thriving urban neighborhood bordering downtown Bellingham, Washington.

As a neighborhood, we are involved in planning for the future, historic preservation, traffic and pedestrian safety, social events, and park improvements. If you live or work in the York Neighborhood, we hope you’ll get involved!

Use our contact page to subscribe to the YNA List and indicate other interests.


  • Meeting to discuss the Bus Barn on Whatcom Creek
    download the PDF of the meeting announcement

    Date/Time: Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7pm

    Location: Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N Garden St

    • The Bellingham School District plans to spend $3.5 million this year to refurbish its bus barn on Whatcom Creek, at the north edge of the York neighborhood. Why does it continue to house a fleet of buses on an important waterway and salmon habitat? Why does the City continue to allow this use instead of helping to relocate the bus barn?
    Please join us in this important community discussion. All are welcome!

    Why does the school district continue to house 78 diesel buses on this important waterway and salmon habitat? Hasn’t the City intervened to help relocate the bus barn?

    10 years ago the York Neighborhood Association proposed that the bus barn be relocated and that a creekside park and trails be installed at this location with affordable housing along Meador Avenue. We proposed a land swap between the City and the School District, or at a minimum a joint effort to find an appropriate new location for the diesel buses and their maintenance facility.

    Just last month Governor Inslee declared a massive state intervention to protect and improve the food source for orca whales. Whatcom Creek is a Chinook salmon waterway. The buses were put on the creek 60 years ago. Must we continue to make mistakes of the past, or can we move into the future and rededicate this property for better use? Should we continue to risk adverse impacts from toxic storm water runoff? Or can we do better? We must do better, Bellingham.

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    The Yorker newsletter (October 2018)


  • York Neighborhood Board Meeting

    Date/Time: Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7pm

    Location: Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N Garden St

    • Update on School District Bus Barn
    • 2019 Board Nominations Review
    • 2018 Review
  • York Neighborhood Annual General Membership Meeting

    Date/Time: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5:30 gather, 6pm meeting

    Location: Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N Garden St

    Food During Gathering:
    • Baked Potatoes (provided by YNA Board)
    • Pot Luck “fix’ns” from attendees!
    • 2019 YNA Board Election
    • Valentines Activity for Younger Yorkers
    • TBA
    • Spring Yard Preparations - TBA
    • TBA


  • York S.T.A.R.s—Saturday Trash and Recyclers

    The York RATS pick up litter and cans to keep our neighborhood clean! Join us every other Saturday at 8:30am in front of Nelson’s Market.
    Contact: Looking for a new lead!

  • If you desire to present something to Yorkers:

    If you have a presentation you would like to give or a question to place before Yorkers and neighbors, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our President (Mark Sherman) or Vice President (Tom Scott), and we will discuss opportunities. Please note meeting time can be limited, and contacting us well in advance really helps us allocate time for your topic.