The Yorker Online

Upcoming Events


Student Tips


Trees of York


Thanks to Our Sponsors


Lights On, Please!


Samish Way News


Welcome to the York Neighborhood Association Website!

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  “Welcome to York” sign

Click here for the latest issue of The Yorker newsletter (February 2020).

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.

  • York Scarecrow/Halloween Contest 2021

    Thunk up and sponsored by our very own Wine & Roses Garden Club.

    Calling all Yorkenstein Monsters! Hopefully the wind has died down enough that we can get our spooky decor outside again. Scarecrows, skeletons, spooky monsters, decorated house…take a picture and email with your name and address to York’s Garden Club to enter and win a prize:

    If you cannot take a picture, please send your address and we will come see. Everyone receives a prize for their entry!

    Start Date: Now (all of October)

    “Judging” Date: October 31

    “Award” Date: November 1

    V O T E   N O W !

    The “Rules:”

    1. Have loads of fun!
    2. Try not to spend any money.

    The entries are starting to come in! Use the link below to vote on your favorite for the “Cutest” entry and for the “Scariest” entry. The polls are OPEN!

    The “Awards:” Bragging rights for a YEAR as the best of York!

    View and vote on entries with YOUR ballot H E R E for the entries.

    Check out some of 2020’s crop:




    Upcoming Events


  • York Neighborhood Board of Directors Meeting (In Person)

    Date/Time: Fourth Wednesday Each Month (except August & December) , 7pm meeting
    Next Meeting: November 24, 2021

    Location: Outside Marlins’ Cafe/Nelson’s Market


    1. 0700 Call to order, Quorum check, Agenda review/approval
    2. Introductions
    3. Motion: 2021-MM-DD.1 Approve the Consent Agenda if any is presented.
    4. 0705 Item 1
      • Subitem
    5. 0830 Adjourn





  • York Neighborhood General Membership Meeting

    Date/Time: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 7:00pm meeting

    Meeting: Virtual at Zoom.US    *

    Meeting ID: 810 7303 1786 (passcode: 861599)


    1. Welcome & Introductions.
    2. Discuss Issues with Our Local Elected Officials.
      • Mayor Seth Fleetwood
      • Councilmember Lisa Anderson, Ward 5 (South York and most of West York)
      • ???
    3. Treasurer's Report:
      • General Brief Update
      • Small & Simple Grant
    4. What’s New in York
    5. Volunteer Opportunities
      Park Stewards
      1. Anne Mackie
      2. Mark Schofield
    6. Brief on York Board
    7. Adjourn & Brief Social Time.

    * Under the current circumstances regarding in-person meetings, YNA is conducting v-meetings (virtual).

    If interested in attending and have concerns about the technology, please contact (email via the link).

    If not previously installed, we recommend downloading/installing the Zoom.US “Meeting client” appropriate for your operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS (via the Zoom Download Center)) before the meeting starts. While the meeting(s) may be attended with the web interface, the “client” is faster, possibly more stable.

    “Join Zoom Meeting” information:

    One-tap mobile +12532158782,,81073031786#,,,,*861599# US (Tacoma)





    Student Tips

    Welcome to incoming York student residents!

    Nestled between Downtown Bellingham and the freeway, the York neighborhood is a friendly, green, fun, peaceful haven…an eclectic mix of families and students, homeowners and renters, parks and pets, and a variety of businesses ranging from grocery stores, restaurants, and breweries to healthcare practitioners, social services, and auto shops.

    Every fall, a new group of students arrive who don’t really know where they have landed. Check out the flyer at right for some tips for how you can make your time among us a good one.

    Moving Out? Pack It Out!—Education campaign against refuse in our greenways and alleys

    YNA’s 2020 Dumpster Day and WWU’s 2020 Move Out Madness were unable to be scheduled due to CoViD-19 response & concerns. The first annual “Moving Out? Pack It Out!” campaign is providing alternatives.

    The campaign name/slogan is based on the time-tested Leave No Trace—Pack It In, Pack It Out campaign for our wildernesses.
    Think of this as an Urban Leave No Trace (except memories).

    Those interested in a yard sign or poster for your window, please send
    Signs will be picked up after the campaign.

    This campaign is a partnership between the City of Bellingham, Western Washington University, and the York Neighborhood Association.





    Until a new issue of our newsletter The Yorker can be produced, The York Neighborhood Association would like to thank the generous companies and organizations who make the publication of those newsletters possible:

    AA Anderson logo Binyon Vision logo Brigid Collins—Parenting Academy logo Garden Street United Methodist Church logo Douglas Hyldahl business card Jeremy Ferrera—Edward Jones logo Marlins’ Café /Nelson’s Market logo Miranda Lock—Bellwether logo ModSockn logo Rhythms of Life Wellness Studio logo Mount Baker Planned Parenthood logo Skyline Physical Therapy logo




    Trees of York

    Break that cabin fever with a walk around York, and check out our neighborhood’s trees!

    Use these maps to explore the historic trees of the York neighborhood as well as the trees of Harriet Spanel Park.

    Historic Trees of the York Neighborhood—February 2019     Trees of Harriet Spanel Park—February 2019



    Lights On, Please

    Porch lights brighten up the neighborhood and deter unsavory behavior. An LED bulb will save tons of energy ($), alleviating the guilt of leaving outside lights on. And your mail carrier and delivery people will be grateful, too, for safer navigation to and from your door!



    Samish Way News

    October 2019—Ground Broken! — Take a few minutes to check out the former Aloha Motel site, along Samish Way between Otis, Laurel, Abbott, and Maple streets! At the end of October, the Bellingham Housing Authority hosted the groundbreaking for the new building which will be constructed over the next year and a half, with leasing to start in early 2021.

    This building will house fixed-rent apartments, as well as street-level commercial tenants, and was designed to serve as part of the Samish Way Urban Village Plan (2009). The housing authority will have proprietary interest in this new building, as they will be be among the very first tenants!

    The development will be just across Samish Way from the York Neighborhood’s south leg, so it will be part of our community.

    Regarding the project during the CoViD-19 response period:

    “Governor Inslee’s Stay Home - Stay Healthy Proclamation specifically identifies construction of low-income housing as essential work. As you’ve probably noticed, Dawson Construction has prominently posted “Essential Work Site” banners on the construction fence. They have also implemented an impressively sophisticated set of social distancing/pandemic safety protocols in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

    At this point, construction continues to move forward and the City is conducting inspections as required by code. Feel free to keep your fingers crossed for us as we move forward!”

    —Brien Thane, Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities, April 3, 2020


  • 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 or , 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.