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John Grinter Running for Park Board

John Grinter has announced his candidacy for Park District Board of Commissioners. He is running against incumbent Ken DeWitt for the 6-year term. An Island resident for 15 years, Grinter has worked with the City and Park District on a variety of projects and is most known for his advocacy for an interconnected network of…

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City Takes Another Step Toward an Off-Leash Trial at Pritchard Park

At the May 12 City Council meeting, before the Council could proceed with a vote whether to test Pritchard Park as an off-leash park, they first had to correct a mistake made at the last council meeting. At that meeting they had failed to take into consideration that the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District…

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Bike to School 2015

Photos of the Day: Kids Wheel to School

Today, 5/15/15, Bainbridge schools celebrated Bike to School Day. At Sakai, volunteers handed out caramel corn to the kids who rode their bikes to school, and the school bike racks filled up.                                              …

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Bike to School

Bainbridge Bike to School Day Is Tomorrow, May 15

Although National Bike to School Day was next week, we Islanders have to be different and so we’re holding our version of this event tomorrow, May 15. To confuse matters a little bit more, May 15 is also National Bike to Work Day. Members of Squeaky Wheels and the Bainbridge Island Police will be at some Island…

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Bainbridge Land Trust Wins WA Recreation and Park Association Citation of Merit

The Washington Recreation and Park Association has recognized the Bainbridge Island Land Trust with a Citation of Merit Award. The recognition was awarded at the WRPA Annual Awards Banquet held April 30th at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The Citation of Merit Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the field of parks…

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Beach Naturalists to Lead Search for Sea Stars Under the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal

Bainbridge Beach Naturalists are heading out for a new adventure on Monday, May 18, and you’re invited. The free event will be at the Bainbridge ferry terminal beach from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn about the impressive variety of sea creatures that live on and around the pilings at the ferry dock. Naturalists will guide the…

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Owen’s Playground Phase II Launches with Money Raised by Local Kids

Owen’s Playground, the inclusive, barrier-free playground under construction at the Rotary Ballfields on Weaver, has completed Phase I fundraising and just launched Phase II. Phase I consisted of raising money for everything to the west of the sidewalk that will run through the park. Phase II will consist of surfacing the entire playground and building the east side….

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Bainbridge in Outside Magazine Competition for Best Town in U.S.

Bainbridge is one of 60 American towns competing for the title of best place to live in America, 2015. The contest, sponsored by Outside Magazine, officially begins tomorrow, May 4. In true democratic fashion, this will be a popularity contest, with winners determined by public votes, which gives an unfair advantage to the bigger cities….

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SCA at BP by Dan Miller

Photo of the Day: Knighttime at Battle Point Park

Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, about a dozen Boy Scout Troops from all over the county gathered at Battle Point Park for their annual Camporee. This year’s theme was Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The troops decorated their campsites with turrets and parapets and other medieval accoutrements, and the Kitsap and Mason…

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Madison Tot Lot Update

Jim Laughlin, the applicant for the development project at Madison near the tot lot, nearly bent himself in half at the April 14 Council meeting to show how much he wants to honor the City’s and the public’s wishes regarding the Tot Lot. Laughlin’s original plan would have moved the tot lot to the corner of…

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Pritchard Park.

Letter to the Editor: Be Earth Day Savvy at Pritchard Park

Know about your Island’s Toxic Superfund Site: Wyckoff /Pritchard Park Beach/Eagle Harbor. Before you head out the door with your family to volunteer on Earth Day, remember the following facts and keep your loved ones safe including the four-legged ones. Superfund Site Definition A Superfund Site is any land in the United States that has been…

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Photo of the Day: Crow Bar

Reader Jeff Dalton had the quick instincts to snap this photo today, April 16, at Pritchard Park of a crow dive bombing an eagle perched atop a tree. This behavior, known as “mobbing,” is designed to protect nested young from predation, either by annoying the predator until it leaves or by distracting it so it can’t find nests…

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Photo of the Day: Startling Horned Lion at Grand Forest

If you happen to see it and are not expecting it, you’ll surely get a jolt of adrenaline. The furry creature, a sort of humanoid, life-sized horned lion in a cape and what seems to be a blue union suit, is standing in the woods right off the entrance to Grand Forest East, on Mandus…

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Fort Ward

How Did Your Beach Rate in 2014 for Bacteria?

The Washington Department of Ecology’s list of top ten beaches for water quality does not include a single Bainbridge beach. It only has one Kitsap beach: Evergreen Park. But we did make the list of beaches with more than one seasonal swimming advisory or closure because of Eagle Harbor’s 2014 sewage spills. We were the…

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Gear Grinder Tessa Vroom on trail

Three Bainbridge Gear Grinders Collect Awards at Season’s First Race

by John Benjes On March 29, the Gear Grinders, Bainbridge Island’s high school level and middle school level mountain bike teams, raced 14 riders in the first statewide competition of the season. Part of a four-race series of the Washington Student Cycling League, last weekend’s race was held in blustery conditions at Port Gamble Trails. The…

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Hockey rink by Linda Cox Arnsdorf

Roller Hockey Rink Gets New Slicker, Safer, Cooler Surface

At one point on Saturday, March 28, almost 65 volunteers were helping in the effort to lay a new surface on the existing Bainbridge Roller Hockey League rink at Battle Point Park—the only outdoor roller hockey rink in the State of Washington. The surface, made by a South Carolina company called Ice Court, is comprised…

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Citizens Launch Petition to Protect Off-Leash Dog Rights at Pritchard Park

A petition campaign was launched yesterday afternoon, March 22, requesting that the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) stipulate off-leash dog hours in its land transfer to the Park District. COBI is transferring ownership of Pritchard Park, which includes rare public beach access on Bainbridge Island, to the Park District. Pritchard Park is comprised of three…

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Photo Essay: Blakely Harbor Park Improve- ments

by Paul Brians The Bainbridge Island Park District has been making considerable progress in its development of Blakely Harbor Park for recreation, historical preservation, and conservation. Here are photos taken recently of the Park, located on southeast Bainbridge.                                  …

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Three Proposed Development Projects Need Your Input

The City of Bainbridge Island is looking for public input on three very different proposed development projects. The first is for ten buildings to be built on 4.5 acres of undeveloped land accessed by the road serving Manzanita Park and the Saddle Club. The developer, Tseng Properties LLC, wants to offer light manufacturing uses such as…

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Tot Lot

Citizens Object to Tot Lot Relocation, Developer Responds

At Monday (February 23) evening’s public meeting following a Design Review Board meeting, about 40 people gathered to hear about the proposed Wyatt Cottages development. The development, which is just in the pre-application stage, would add 32 attached and detached one- and two-story dwellings and parking to the lot at the northeast corner of Wyatt and Madison. Most…

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