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$500K Grant for Waterfront Park, but Estimated Project Costs Go Up (and Down)

At least two members of the City Council were confused Tuesday night (July 21) after Public Works Director Barry Loveless’s presentation on the Waterfront Park upgrade budget. Loveless was asking the Council for an increase of $500,000 to the project budget. In his presentation, he explained that the Council had approved the Phase 1 final design…

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Owen’s Playground Rocks: Photo Gallery

Owen’s Playground, the inclusive, barrier-free playground being built on Weaver, rocked out this week when artist Andre Pomeroy brought giant boulders from his quarry in Marblemount to help define the park space. On Monday, July 20, the first of three loads of the rocks arrived at the park. The rest were set to come throughout the…

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sakai lake by Julie Hall

Parks District Closes on Sakai Property, Gets Low-Interest Financing

Yesterday, July 22, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District closed on the purchase of the Sakai family property. This followed BIMPRD’s securing of funding for the purchase on July 9. Standard and Poor’s recently awarded BIMPRD a AA credit rating, reconfirming the District’s prior bond rating. The high credit rating enabled the BIMPRD to fix the 20-year…

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sundial by Sarah Lane

Photo of the Day: This Is Dedicated to the Sun I Love

Today, June 19, the Battle Point Astronomical Association is hosting the dedication of their new sundial, on the hill beside the observatory. The event happens from 1 to 2:30 this afternoon. The observatory will be open for tours, and people can use the solar telescopes to observe what makes that sundial show time. Refreshments will be served. We’ve…

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waypoint welcome to bainbridge island

Hey, Artists: $42,000 Available for Your Waypoint Public Art Installation

The Executive Director of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Barbara Sacerdote, shared with the City Council at last week’s meeting, July 7, the organization’s plan for public art at the Waypoint, the park at the corner of 305 and Winslow Way. Sacerdote explained that the RFP content emerged from a meeting led by AHB to elicit public input…

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Hidden Cove Dock

Parks Foundation Asks Community to Support Failing Hidden Cove Dock

The sole public dock on the Island with a low float, Hidden Cove Park Dock, is “worn out and needs to be replaced,” reports the Bainbridge Parks Foundation. The good news is that on June 30 the Park District was awarded a Washington State grant for $300,000 toward the replacement. The remaining $300,000 has to come from the…

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Robert O'Hern

Man Going Nowhere Again for Kids

Robert O’Hern has racked up a lot of miles without moving an inch. That’s because he’s been riding his cycle in place in front of Town & Country to raise money for child abuse intervention. Yesterday, June 29, he gave himself permission to stop and rest every hour because of the intense heat. Even after O’Hern raises…

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protection island sign with eagle

Protection Island Wildlife Refuge a Precious Haven in Our Midst (w/ Photo Gallery)

About 7 miles west of Port Townsend at the entrance to Discovery Bay is a remarkable 364-acre (half square-mile) land mass that despite its modest size serves as the nesting ground for nearly three-quarters of Puget Sound’s seabirds. If Protection Island’s irresistibly colorful tufted puffins aren’t impressive enough, there are also some 20,000 pairs of…

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BioBlitz courtesy of BILT

Bainbridge Bio Blitz Documents 454 Species on One Day

The first Bainbridge Bio Blitz brought to you by your friendly Land Trust put more than 100 volunteers to work on May 30th. For 12 hours, the volunteers combed through several Land Trust conservation lands to identify as many species as possible. Between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. the team discovered 454 unique species at…

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Olympics by Wild Olympics Campaign

Murray and Kilmer Vow to Protect 100,000 Acres of Olympic Wilderness

Earlier this month, on June 4, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness. The act will also protect 19 rivers and their major tributaries, for a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic…

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James Longhurst’s ‘Bike Battles': Is Bainbridge a Bicycle Friendly Community?

Although our Island was recognized as a bronze-level bicycle friendly community by The League of American Bicyclists in 2014, we didn’t make the 2015 list or even the list of honorable mentions. There are five levels, with bronze being the lowest. Washington is the #1 most friendly bike state, and there are 17 bicycle friendly Washington communities and 350 across…

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Polar Pioneer protest by Kathleen Weyand

Polar Pioneer Surrounded by Kayaktivists off Fay Bainbridge

The Shell oil drilling vessel Polar Pioneer is stopped off the coast of Fay Bainbridge Park and has been for about two hours (as of 11:30 a.m. on June 15), according to witness Kathleen Weyand, who is providing assistance to protesting kayakers who are part of the group Arctic_Matters. The vessel is surrounded by kaykativists protesting…

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moon jay wiggs

Photo of the Day: June Moon

With our clear skies and fat full early June moon there have been some lovely moony nights. Because our moon orbits Earth in an elliptical pattern, its proximity to us varies. On average our moon is 238,857 miles away. At its closest point (perigee) the Moon is 225,622 miles away, and at its most distant point…

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Fay Bainbridge sunset by Tommy Dillon

Photo of the Day: Fay Bainbridge Sunny Sunset

The Rev. Tommy Dillon III, the new rector at Grace Episcopal and a newcomer to BI, was out walking his dog yesterday evening, June 4, at Fay Bainbridge, when he got a glimpse of why so many of us moved here. Maybe it was the Island’s way of saying, “Welcome.” We say, “Welcome,” too and…

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Pot Angeles

Outside Magazine Best Town Contest Comes Down to Port Angeles v. Chattanooga

The town that beat out Bainbridge in just the second round of the 2015 Outside Magazine Best Town contest, Port Angeles, went all the way and is now facing off against Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the title of Best Town Ever. Sixty-four cities were selected to compete in the championship. In the first round of competition, Bainbridge…

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Waterfront Park

Council to Consider Approval of Waterfront Park Design This Week

The City Council is set to decide at tomorrow’s meeting, June 2, whether to approve the final Waterfront Park design created and submitted by Portland firm Walker|Macy. This decision will represent the conclusion of the first phase of a long process that began in May of 2013. That’s when the City first sought grant funding from the…

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Gear Grinders

Gear Grinders Serve up 3rd Annual Farm Fresh Mountain Bike Scramble

Feel like some farm fresh scramble? On Sunday, hop on your mountain bike and head over to Johnson Farm for the Gear Grinder’s 3rd Annual Farm Fresh Mountain Bike Scramble. This fundraiser will benefit the Gear Grinders high school and middle school mountain biking teams for their next race season. Part of the proceeds will also benefit the…

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blakely park eco toilet

It’s Eco Potty Time! (Seriously, This Is Cool)

The new ecotoilet at Blakely Harbor Park isn’t just a whole lot more attractive, clean, and unsmelly than your typical outdoor “place of easement.” It’s a model of environmental and economic sustainability. With donated funds, in part to provide facilities for nearby IslandWood’s regular class trips to the Park, the Bainbridge Island Park District began…

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cherry tree

Developer Pledges to Save a Tree

Bainbridge plant pathologist Olaf Ribeiro said he thought it was the first time it had happened in his experience on Bainbridge: At Tuesday night’s (May 19) City Council meeting, a developer pledged to save a tree. The developer was Jim Laughlin. The tree was a historic cherry tree in the path of a proposed gravel driveway that would lead to…

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john grinter

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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