Glenning Schoolyard

The Glenning Schoolyard Committee will host a community meeting on Thursday, Sept. 16 for community members to give input to the City of Lynden on the future of the park site. (Brent Lindquist/Lynden Tribune)

Land will remain recreational space; public input sought on future recreation uses

LYNDEN — The site of one of Lynden’s first public schools is staying public, and the group that tackled the effort to keep it that way wants the community’s input on its future.

The Glenning Schoolyard Committee will host a community meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, on the field bounded by Sixth, Eighth, Edson and Glenning streets.

The meeting will be an opportunity for community members to give input to the City of Lynden on the future of the park site.

“We will have some potential plans, some ideas out there for people to look at and to respond to,” said Harlan Kredit, who originally helped spearhead the effort. “If, when the meeting is over someone was unable to comment and has some ideas, we want to make sure they give them to us so we can compile all this and give it to the city so they can use if for information as they plan for the future.”

The four-acre property was donated by Lynden founders Holden and Phoebe Judson in the 1880s to be used as school property.

In the 1980s, the space was cleared of school buildings and used as recreation space.

“It’s our own little Central Park,” Kredit said.

When the Lynden School District’s new middle school was constructed in 2017-2018, the district declared the land surplus and intended to sell it. Kredit helped lead the effort to keep the land public, and the Lynden School Board gauged enough support to agree to sell the land to the City of Lynden at its then-appraised value of $1.45 million.

The Glenning Schoolyard Committee gathered funds from more than 120 individuals, foundations and businesses to fund the purchase of the land.

This included $200,000 from the $3 million Lynden Regional Parks and Recreation District bond approved by Lynden voters in the November 2019 General Election.

“We are just so incredibly pleased that we were able to achieve this,” Kredit said. “This involved a lot of people in the community. We want to make sure that all that all of those organizations and all of those people have a chance to provide some input.”

The Glenning Schoolyard Committee includes community members Jeff Jansen, Ken Stremler, Ron Polinder, Heidi Jansen, Dick Bedlington, Chuck Robinson, Mike Lewis, Bob Libolt, Brad Rader, Jeff Littlejohn, Dale Bedlington, Matt Maberry, Cheri DeBoer, Monte Maberry, Lisa Groen, Rena Rudy, Mauri Ingram, Heather Flaherty, Sean Withrow and Vern Meenderinck.