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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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Unhappy crow

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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Horned lion

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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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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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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Sakai pond panorama

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for a Resounding Yes to a Winslow Central Park

Dear Fellow Islanders: We at “People for Parks” want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the residents of Bainbridge Island. A 69% victory for the new park in Winslow was a resounding affirmation of the Island’s commitment to preserving open space and providing recreational opportunities for future generations of Islanders. Once again, this…

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Letter to the Editor: Super Majority Vote for Park Affirms Community Values

On February 10, the citizens of Bainbridge Island, by a super-majority, voted to create a central park at the heart of the Island. The 23-acre Sakai property now belongs to the community to be a park for generations into the future. First, thanks to the Sakai family, John, Maryann, and Dean, for making a “Park…

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Election Results: Fire and Park, Yes, Yes, Yes

In today’s special election, Islanders will decide whether the Sakai property on Madison gets turned into a park, whether the Fire Department gets to hire more personnel to fully staff Station 23, and whether the Fire Department may forge ahead with rebuilding Stations 21 and 22. With 8,130 ballots counted and 500 left to count…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote on the Facts, Ignore the Fiction

On behalf of PEOPLE FOR PARKS, I encourage you to exercise your civic duty and vote. I also ask that you be an informed voter and consider the facts: FACT: The Kitsap Sun’s Editorial Board gave the Parks and Open Space Bond a strong endorsement because the value in the land lies far beyond the…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes as Antidote to Visconsi Clearcut

If you’re like us, you’d love to find an antidote for the clearcutting of more than 800 trees that made way for the Visconsi development at 305 and High School Road. Thankfully, there is an antidote. It is 23 acres of open land, much of it wooded, with a 2-acre lake, directly across the 305…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote for a Precious Park, Not Another Housing Project

Dear Friends: Your mail-in ballot for the February 10th special election has already been sent to your home. I hope you will join me in voting YES for the Parks and Open Space Bond for the following reasons: We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save the last large undeveloped parcel of property in Winslow. We can create something…

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aerial video of sakai lland

Aerial Video of the Sakai Land

The Bainbridge Island Park District hopes to purchase 23 acres of land being offered by the Sakai family for a public multi-use park. The property contains the Island’s second biggest lake and represents the only remaining opportunity for a sizable park in the Winslow area, which is slated to contain 50 percent of the Island’s…

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Letter to the Editor: Eight Reasons to Vote YES for the Park Bond

Dear Friends, Please spread the word: Vote YES on the park bond! Why? Voting YES will protect the LAST natural parcel of this size in the downtown area. Voting YES will not increase taxes. Two older park bonds were retired last month so this park bond just takes their place. Voting YES will give ourselves…

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Letter to the Editor: Let’s Preserve the Sakai Land for Future Generations

Whenever I visited my sister on Bainbridge Island I felt like I was on vacation—that is why I moved here 18 years ago. Now that I have raised a family and established a business in this community, it is not always like a vacation, but the beauty and lifestyle still permeate my consciousness and remind…

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Newly Extended Sportsman Club Road Spine Trail Adds Community Connectivity

With the latest segment now finished, the Sportsman Club Road Spine Trail is close to completion. Made possible by an easement donated from the Club, the new 700-foot-long portion of the Trail runs along the scenic Sportsmen’s Club pond on the east side of the road and through forest. The Trail continues north past New Brooklyn…

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mailboxes by Andrew Taylor

Letter to the Editor: The Sakai Park Will Be as Cherished as Grand Forest & Gazzam

My wife and I would like to lend our enthusiastic support for the upcoming capital bond measure to acquire the 23-acre Sakai property as a public park. For eight years from 1986 to 1993 I had the privilege of serving as a Bainbridge Island Park District Commissioner. One of our proudest acts was to sponsor…

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Mailboxes by Beate Meier

Letter to the Editor: The Sakai Property Is a Great Opportunity for a City Park!

Ten years ago when my husband and I made Bainbridge Island our home, it was the Island trees and open spaces that spoke to us. A few months ago we attended on one occasion a Parks & Recreation meeting and on another a City Council meeting with a desire to share at both a concern…

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Letter to the Editor: A Look at the Taxpayer Cost of a Central Park in Winslow

Bainbridge Island has an exciting opportunity to purchase 23 acres of open space (the Sakai property) for a major new park in Winslow—the heart of our Island. Please vote YES on the ballot coming to your mailboxes around January 23. This is our last chance to save the last major undeveloped parcel in Winslow. Of course, some people…

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