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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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Posted in Environment, Letter from the Editor, Parks+Trails, Popular 519 Comments

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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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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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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Posted in Accidents, Dont Miss This 4, News, Parks+Trails5 Comments

Pay Here sign Battle Point Park

Photos of the Day: Parking Fee Station at Battle Point Park ‘a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen’

[Before contacting the Park District, please read to the end of this article.] Apparently the Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District has instituted a new parking fee at Battle Point Park. The $5 rate seems steep by any measure, especially since parking there historically has been free. Adding injury to insult, the Park District is not…

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Nute's Pond in blue.

Bainbridge’s Secret Nute’s Pond Park Unveiled: Photo Gallery

by Paul Brians, Bainbridge Island photographer Thirty-one acres of woods and wetland at the top of Toe Jam Hill were acquired by the Bainbridge Island Park District in 2011 as Nute’s Pond Park. But it was known mostly to residents living nearby until this year when the District put up a sign labeling it as…

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Park Board Votes to Make Strawberry Hill Site for Off-Leash Dogs

The Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation District Board voted unanimously Thursday night, April 17, to move forward with establishing an off-leash dog area at Strawberry Hill Park. The Board, which for several years has been holding public hearings about off-leash dog issues and options on Bainbridge Island, voted to approve 2.35 acres mostly in the…

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trout put into battle point park pond

Fresh Stock of Rainbow Trout Makes Big Splash at Battle Point Park Pond

Some 400 rainbow trout 8-12 inches long swam into a whole new water world in the Battle Point Park pond on Friday, April 4. The Bainbridge Island Park District teamed up with Bainbridge Island Fly Fishers and the Washington Council of Trout Unlimited to restock the pond for the second year in a row after…

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KHS dog close up

Letter to the Editor: A Letter to the Park Board About Off-Leash Dogs on Island Trails

Dear Members of the BIMPD Board: As dog owners, people who walk with their dog, trail stewards, and 15+ year residents of Bainbridge Island, my husband and I again respectfully request an opportunity to use our island trail systems for off-leash dog walking on a rotating schedule. As Julie Hall pointed out in her 3/14/14…

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Posted in Animals, Community, Dont Miss This 4, Letter to the Editor, Outside, Parks+Trails11 Comments

strawberry hill proposed dog park

Park Board Seeks Input About Off-Leash Dog Sites at Upcoming Hearing

The Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District Board is holding a public hearing on April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Strawberry Hill Center to discuss off-leash dog parks. According to the Park Board, plans for the Vincent Road off-leash site are currently off the table because of budgetary constraints. In leui of the…

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Middle Earth on Bainbridge Island: Fairy Dell Trail Photo Essay

by Paul Brians Bainbridge Island photographer The Fairy Dell earned its name from its fantasy-like beauty. We tell visitors that this is the closest thing to Middle Earth on Bainbridge Island. I decided to try to convey the magic of this place by making a series of high-dynamic contrast photos. Most of these images are…

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obey sign dogs on leash sign

Letter from the Editor: Shared Use Is Fair Park Policy for People & Their Dogs

I applaud City Council Members Sarah Blossom and Dave Ward for standing up for the concerns of a large but nevertheless marginalized and often maligned constituency of Bainbridge citizens who wish to exercise their dogs off leash in our community’s parks. In Monday night’s (March 10) meeting Ward and Blossom questioned handing over certain open…

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Posted in Animals, Don't Miss This 2, Outside, Parks+Trails45 Comments

Pritchard Park.

Council Questions Transferring Properties to Park District Because of Its Failure to Provide Off-Leash Options

At Monday’s (March 10) City Council meeting, Deputy City Manager Morgan Smith asked the Council to reaffirm the decision to transfer six surplus city properties to the Park District. Smith said they’d “been tracking the properties since 2005.” She described the transfer process as moving in “fits and starts” and as coming to a head…

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Old Growth Trees and Bainbridge’s New Waterfront Park Design: What’s at Stake

Island Tree Expert Olaf Ribeiro is circulating a letter today, February 24, through Islanders for Responsible Development expressing his concern that the latest version of the design being considered for Waterfront Park shows widespread cutting of the trees at the park. Ribeiro explained that he wasn’t sure from the design, but “It appears from their…

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Triple Salchow (Sow Cow) on Frozen Gazzam Lake? (Video & Photo Gallery)

It wasn’t winter Olympics on Gazzam Lake during our recent deep freeze, but a few Bainbridge Islanders took a rare opportunity to find out how “cool” it is to ice skate there. Terry Siebert and her son Sam Kuniholm finally fulfilled her goal of skating on Gazzam, something she had hoped to do for years. Siebert…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 3, Outside, Parks+Trails, Photo Galleries, Sports, Video1 Comment

snow at Battle Point

Brief Snow Fun at Battle Point (Photo Gallery)

Frolickers at Battle Point Park took advantage this morning, February 9, of the 1.5 inches of snow before the start around 11:30 of the Big Thaw. Photos by Sarah Lane.

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Hilltop Conservation Campaign Surmounted, Protecting Vital Island Corridor

It’s been a long climb to the summit of the fundraising campaign to purchase 36 crucial acres of land between East and West Grand Forest. The Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT) and its many supporters throughout our community and beyond have finally raised the funds to complete the acquisition of connective land that protects over 540…

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Owen Marshall

Owen’s Playground: Will Tonight Be the Start of a “Joyful Kid’s Legacy” for Waterfront Park?

Four months ago, just days after her six-year-old son Owen died after a short lifetime of struggle with severe physical problems, Islander Stacy Marshall’s good friend Pam Perry said to her, “I know this is a really rough time. But people want to give to Owen’s legacy and we need to find a way for…

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