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Blaze Your Trail: Time to Apply for BI Parks Foundation Community Grants

Do you have a great idea for Island recreation? A way to improve a trail or a park or a recreational facility? The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation invites you to complete and submit a 2014 BIPF Community Grant application for your project so you can get funding of between a few hundred and a few…

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Owen's Playground

Gov. Inslee Letter Calls Owen’s Playground ‘A Beautiful Tribute to a Special Young Boy’

On Saturday (September 20) afternoon’s groundbreaking ceremony for Owen’s Playground at the Rotary Fields on Weaver, Jay Kinney of the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks & Recreation Board read a letter Governor Inslee had written for the occasion. In his letter, Inslee applauded Owen’s family and said the new accessible playground “will open new doors to…

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Hurricane Ridge

Missing Bainbridge Hiker Emerges, Healthy and Safe, from Olympic Wilderness

Islander Kelly Hall told his family to expect him at the trailhead around 1 p.m. on September 4. That would be six days after he set out from the Obstruction Point Trailhead on a long wilderness hike along the Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. When he didn’t show up as expected, his family…

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house at forest to sky trail

House Falls from Sky at Forest to Sky Trailhead West?

Three houses, to be precise, 70 feet long apiece, are sitting in front of the Forest to Sky Trail west entrance today, August 18, as if they fell from the sky. In fact, the houses were pulled in (rather miraculously) this morning from Tolo Road, where they took out a phone box making the turn….

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osprey rescue at battle point

Battle Point Osprey Falls From Nest, Gets Rescued—Twice (w/ Photo Gallery)

At 9:30 Friday morning, August 15, a fledgling osprey fell some 120 feet out of its nest from the platform above the Battle Point Park water tower. Bainbridge Island Park District workers spotted the young osprey on the ground a little ways north of the water tower, where it was flapping around, apparently unable to…

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Obliteride 180 mile wave

Countdown to Obliteride: A Hundred Cyclists to Cross the Island for Fred Hutch

Obliteride is the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center fundraising bicycle ride with the goal of obliterating cancer. The die-hard, 150-mile riders will be crossing over from Seattle on the 7:55 ferry next Saturday, August 9, and launching their cancer-battling journey across Kitsap from the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. Organizers hope people will cheer them on with…

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Discover Williams-Olson Park on Manzanita Bay: A Photo Essay

by Julie Hall and Paul Brians [This article was corrected and updated August 4, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.] The Williams-Olson Park has been a well-kept secret that locals in the neighborhood have enjoyed since it opened about seven years ago. But to many the Park is a new discovery because of recent changes made by the…

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Wednesday Speak Your Mind About Pedestrian/ Biking Upgrades to Ferry Terminal

The public is invited to City Council Chambers Wednesday night, July 30, at 7 p.m. to offer feedback on a range of proposed improvements to Olympic Drive near the ferry terminal. These improvements are designed to faciliate cycling and pedestrian traffic through the area. In October the public was invited to give guidance on how…

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Westie Walkers

Photo of the Day: Westie Walk

A pack of button-cute Westies (West Highland White Terriers) gathered with their people yesterday, July 27, at Bainbridge Island’s Battle Point Park (BPP) for their weekly Westie Walk. The Westie lovers explained that the breed especially enjoys the company of its kind. A loose group of Westies and friends meets each Sunday at about 11 a.m….

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elevated trail

$3.5M Raised to Get Bainbridge Leg of Visionary Sound to Olympics Trail Moving

Imagine this: taking a safe, stress-free bike ride or walk along Bainbridge Island’s main transit artery, Highway 305. Sound radically beyond your risk-taking nature or ability level? The mild-mannered but tenacious architect of this idea, 40-year Bainbridge Island resident Don Willott, says the separated trail with a vegetation buffer is decidedly not just for commuters or…

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park district spraying pesticide at battle point park

Letter from the Editor: Pesticides in Our Parks—Do We Need ‘Em?

When it comes to plants, as with most things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One person’s pretty wildflower is another person’s weed. One person’s cultivated prize is another’s gaudy showpiece. I love the wee white flowers that cover Battle Point Park in spring like a light snowfall, and I miss them after…

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Strawberry Hill strawberry rock

New Bainbridge Island Dog Park Set to Open

Bainbridge Island canines will have a new place to run off leash with official sanction as of July 31. According to Park Services Superintendent Dan Hamlin, the Strawberry Hill enclosed dog park will feature approximately 2.4 acres of fenced area, with a separate section designated for small, shy, and/or recuperating dogs. The park will be…

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Rockaway beach hanging garden blossoms

The Hanging Garden of Rockaway Beach: A Photo Essay

by Paul Brians Residents of Rockaway Beach Drive are doubtless happy to have both lanes of the road back since work ended on the slope-retention project. Viewed from the ferry, the metallic terraces look jarringly artificial, but the plantings there will soon transform it into a lush hanging garden.            …

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Hit the Beach for Super Summer Low Tides

Some of the lowest tides of the year are happening around Puget Sound through the weekend and into next week. Here are the far out lows for Bainbridge Island. Friday July 11 10:35 a.m. -2.8 Saturday July 12 11:21 a.m. -3.1 Sunday July 13  12:07 p.m. -3.1 Monday July 14 12:54 p.m. -2.6 Tuesday July…

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Battle Point Beach

Low Tides Hit Prime Time

Super low tides are pulling down the breeches on our beaches. Here are the midday lows on Bainbridge Island for the next few days: Saturday 12:30 p.m. -3.07 feet Sunday 1:16 p.m. -2.79 feet Monday 2:03 p.m. -2.06 feet Tuesday 2:52 p.m. -0.91 feet   Photo of Battle Point Beach by Julie Hall. 

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National Marina Day

Don’t Miss Saturday’s Boater’s Fair: A Little Something for Everyone

If you have even the slightest interest in anything related to boating, the City of Bainbridge Island wants to reel you in this Saturday, June 14, with its Waterfront Park Boater’s Fair in honor of National Marina Day. The event is being organized by the City through Tami Allen who is the BIPD’s Harbormaster, the…

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Bloedel step stones

Summer Staycation! Ideas for Local Outdoor Adventure

Many of us are on the end-of-school wild ride right now, but summer really is around the corner with its welcome warmth and breezy freedoms. Fortunately for those of us planning to stick around and/or host visitors, summer is Bainbridge at its best, with low humidity, comfortable temperatures, lots of dry blue skies, relatively few…

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The Bainbridge Park District Responds to a Rise in Vandalism

Vandalism in Bainbridge Island parks is nothing new. But in recent months the BI Parks & Recreation District has faced a run of particularly persistent and sophisticated property damage and rule-breaking at certain parks. Included in the vandalism have been destruction of park signs, removal of a bollard, illegal trail-building, and drug and alcohol use…

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winslow road end map

You’re Invited to Find ‘Where the Road Ends the Beach Begins’ in Winslow Sunday

The City of Bainbridge Island Road Ends Committee and Go! Bainbridge invite the public to a free celebration of public road ends this Sunday, June 1, from 12 to 4 p.m. The “Where the Road Ends the Beach Begins” event is a self-guided walking or biking tour of seven of the Island’s road ends located…

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Waypoint Repairs Underway After Dozing Driver Smashes Wall

The wall that runs along the curving border of the Waypoint pedestrian park walkway is currently being repaired after a car struck it on May 10, leaving significant damage. A driver from Port Angeles was heading toward the ferry on Highway 305 at 11:44 in the morning when he crossed the intersection at Winslow Way…

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