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Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District 

9/10/20 — Surveyor Activity at Blakely Harbor Park

Notice to park users:

On select dates in September and October, Blakely Harbor Park will have surveyor activity along the shore, the uplands, and in the water. This effort is not for a new park use. The previous owner, Port Blakely Tree Farm, is following through with an investigation to determine what, if any, hazardous chemicals may exist from the prior mill era. These surveys are part of the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (“RI/FS”) phase under the Agreed Order (“AO”) entered by Port Blakely Tree Farm and the Washington State Department of Ecology (“Ecology”), effective as of June 24, 2020.

 

Schedule Survey Method Area
14 September Airborne LiDAR with ground support Shoreline
6 October Bathymetric survey Harbor
12 October SPI survey – hand-held equipment Former Mill Pond
19 October SPI/PV survey Harbor

COVID-19 Resources

Recreation and Facility Updates

8/24/20 – FALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION – AUGUST 26 @ 9:30am

The fall 2020 catalog is now available for download online! View the online PDF here. On the registration page, you will find specific information regarding registration, including FAQs and training videos. One of the videos will walk you through how to put classes on a wishlist before the first day of registration. Click here to log in and place classes on your wishlist.

As a result of consistently evolving health guidelines, the Park District has decided to move the distribution of the recreation program catalog to an electronic file. The decision to move Recreation Connection to a fully online platform allows the agency the ability to adapt our programs to fit changing government ordinances, while also reducing costs in this challenging time. All recreational activities will continue to follow the operational health guidelines outlined by the WA Health Department and Kitsap County Public District.

Fall Recreation Registration:
Resident: August 26 at 9:30am
Non-Resident: August 27 at 9:30am

Offerings will be limited in capacity, may be modified and subject to limited availability, or closed, based on direction from health experts and government officials to promote physical distancing. Once you have registered for a recreational program, a Park District staff member will reach out to you with guidance on how the program will be following the new health guidelines. 

We reserve the right to cancel any reservation, admission, events, or recreational activity and provide applicable refunds per the Park District’s refund policy.

7/15/2020 – Governor Inslee extends Phase 2 status for Kitsap County until July 28.

On Tuesday, July 14, the Governor’s office announced Kitsap County will remain in Phase 2 until the end of the month. If you have registered for any activities this month, a Park District staff member will be contacting you via email about any adjustments or cancellations. If you have questions, please feel free to email recreation@biparks.org, or call the Customer Service Desk (206) 842-2302.

Aquatic Center Reopening

With the extension of Phase 2, the Aquatic Center will be adapting our reopening plan to allow organized independent lap swimming, water jogging, and water exercise beginning Monday, July 20. During this initial reopen, space will be limited due to the social distancing guidelines outlined by the WA Department of Health and the Governor’s Office Safe Start Plan. Due to the restricted capacity limits (a maximum of 50 people, including staff), pricing has been increased to cover the buildings basic operating expenses to keep the facility open and running. Please see the Aquatic Center website for our reopening plan. 

Upon reopening, offerings will be limited in capacity, may be modified and subject to limited availability, or closed, based on direction from health experts and government officials to promote physical distancing. Once you have registered for a recreational program, a Park District staff member will reach out to you with guidance on how the program will be following the new health guidelines. 

We reserve the right to cancel any reservation, admission, events, or recreational activity and provide applicable refunds per the Park District’s refund policy.

6/1/2020 — SUMMER PROGRAM RELAUNCH

Summer Registration will launch June, 10 2020 @ 9:30am!

Online, phone or mail-in registrations are accepted. Please read our Frequent Asked Question section below, or call our Customer Service desk at (206) 842-2302 for more information.

3/20/2020 – The Park District extends the closure of all activities, facilities, and sports fields until May 31.

With the continued health crisis in our area, it is in the best interest of the agency and our community to remain closed. The recommendations from the State Governor’s office, Kitsap Public Health District, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suggest using the closure for proper social distancing and to give our staff and community time to remain healthy. The Park District is also doing its part to support all other public agencies and keep our workforce employed.

Park and Trail Updates

6/26/20 – All Parking Areas, Playgrounds, Sport Courts, and Shelters Reopened

Playgrounds, sport courts, and shelters are now open. Playgrounds are open to play, but they will not be cleaned. Users should be notified that they are risking exposure, there will be limited, or no, access to restrooms, and they should bring their own hand sanitizer. Shelter rentals and reservations are now available only for groups of 50 or less. All sport field and sport court user groups must have an approved CV-19 safety plan before they will be allowed to reserve court and field space. All parking areas are reopened. 

5/1/2020 – Parking Areas Reopening

Earlier this week, Governor Jay Inslee began easing restrictions within his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. His address lays out the plan to reopening of State parks and loosening limitations on outdoor recreational activities such as day-use of public lands and fishing. It was noted that public gatherings and team sports still are not allowed.

With these revised guidelines, Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District will be reopening most of our parking areas related to the new Governor’s orders. Playgrounds, sports courts, and shelters will remain closed, and a limited number of restrooms will be open.

The following parking areas will remain closed due to playground closures and other contact concerns:

Aaron Avenue Tot Lot
Camp Yeomalt – rear parking area
Madison Tot Lot
Rotary Park – upper parking lot
Sands Avenue Ballfield
Schel Chelb Park

All visitors are asked to continue following CDC guidelines and the Leave No Trace 7 principles of safe park use. Please recreate responsibly and help us keep parks open.

Please direct any questions recreation@biparks.org.

04/07/2020 – Parks and Trailheads Closed to Vehicle Access

Effective 4/9/2020

On Thursday, April 9, the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District will expand its temporary closure of parking lots to include trailheads and all Park District facilities to align with Gov. Jay Inslee’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. This includes the closure of the parking lots at Island Center Hall and Seabold Hall.

During the order, which remains in effect through May 4, the Park District encourages people to visit local neighborhood parks, trails, and quiet side streets by walking, biking, rolling, or running while following proper social distancing guidelines. Driving to a Park District property is NOT an essential function outlined in the ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order.

Bainbridge Island police officers are issuing warning tickets to any vehicles blocking the entrance to a park or parked in an area not designated for parking (e.g., along the street obstructing traffic). Officers will also issue warnings to vehicles illegally parked at trailheads. Repeat violators will be issued a formal ticket. Please report any parking issues to the Bainbridge Island Police Department by calling 911.

We understand the inconvenience and recognize that not everyone will have easy access to parks and trails, but the decision to close all Bainbridge Island parks and trailheads to vehicle access was made to minimize large gatherings and visitation surges. Park District staff and local park neighbors continue to observe large gatherings, overflowing parking lots, and people not following the social distancing guidelines established by health professionals.

The City of Bainbridge Island and the Park District support the safe use of parks during this public health emergency, and we recognize the community’s need to enjoy the benefits of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our job, both Park District and City, is to support the intent of the Governor’s orders as fully as possible, despite the many inconveniences and frustrations.  We are committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and hope that our community will respect the temporary changes put in place.

The park changes will remain in place throughout the duration of the Governor’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order.

Please remember: If you take a car, the park is too far! Recreate responsibly. Walk, ride, or roll from home.

 

04/02/2020 – Status of City & Park District parks

During the ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order, The Park District encourages people to visit parks by walking, biking, rolling, or running, and to continue following social distancing guidelines. At this time, vehicles are not allowed in parks. The City of Bainbridge Island and the Park District supports the safe use of parks during this public health emergency.

Beginning March 30, police officers will be issuing warning tickets to anyone whose vehicle is blocking the entrance to a park and/or parked in an area not designated for parking (e.g. along the street).

We understand the inconvenience and recognize that not everyone will have easy access to parks, but the decision to close all Bainbridge Island parks to vehicle access was made in order to minimize large gatherings. In the days leading up to this decision, Park District staff observed large gatherings, overflowing parking lots, and people not following the social distancing guidelines established by health professionals. We are committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and hope that our community will respect the temporary changes put in place.

The park changes will remain in place throughout the duration of the Governor’s ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order.

Please remember: If you take a car, the park is too far! Recreate responsibly. Walk, ride, or roll from home.

Stay Home, Stay Healthy
We continue to support Gov. Jay Inslee’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order, requesting all Washington residents stay home to reduce physical interaction and help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The order will remain in effect until May 4. This order could possibly be extended. To learn what is considered an essential service, read the statewide order here.

 

3/24/2020 – VEHICLE ACCESS CLOSED TO PARKS

Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 highly encourages everyone to stay home, avoid gathering in groups, and adhere to proper social distancing guidelines.

Beginning March 24, the Park District will be closing vehicle access to all parks for the length of the proclamation. Additionally, all bathrooms, playgrounds, camping areas, dog parks, disc golf, tennis and pickleball courts, water drinking stations, and sports fields will be closed during this period for the safety of our users and staff. ALL PARKS WILL STILL BE ACCESSIBLE VIA WALKING, ROLLING, OR BIKING.

Current Restroom Availability

Restrooms are available at the following locations:

Battle Point Park – Portables
Blakely Harbor Park – Self-contained unit
Fay Bainbridge Park – Portable
Fort Ward Park (Lower) – Vault toilets
Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve – Self-contained unit on Deerpath Ln
Grand Forest – Self-contained unit at Hilltop
Rotary Centennial Park– Self-contained unit
Strawberry Hill Park – Portable

Restrooms are for urgent use only and are cleaned twice per day. Please bring your own hand sanitizer and follow CDC guidelines.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Customer Service Availability:

Hours: Monday – Friday 6am – 6pm
Phone: (206) 842-2302
Email: Recreation@biparks.org

Facility Rentals & Camping:
  • Fay Bainbridge Park camping is now open and reservations are available online or by phone.
  • All facility and picnic shelter rentals are canceled through June 19. All fees for reservation will be issued as a credit to your household account. If you wish to request a check or credit card refund, please contact the Park District front desk.
  • For questions about rentals, please contact rentals@biparks.org.
Program & Pass refunds:
  • Refunds will be issued for all programs and events that have been canceled during this closure. All refunds will be issued as a credit to your household account. If you want a check mailed or a refund to your credit card, please contact the Park District.
  • Facility and program passes will be auto renewed or refunded once general operations resume.
  • Questions about programs or passes, please contact recreation@biparks.org

 

Please continue to monitor the Park District website for future updates.


 

GUIDELINES FOR VISITING PARKS DURING COVID-19

Parks remain open for visitors to drive, walk, cycle, and enjoy nature. The Park District is taking additional actions to support Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent orders to discourage groups from gathering, as well as to address the workload placed on the Park District.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has released a statement regarding Social Distancing in Public Parks and Trail, which supports the safe use of parks and open spaces.

It will be upon the community to take responsibility for the following:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms of an illness.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene before and during the use of parks or trails.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • While on narrow trails, warn other users of your presence as you pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Follow all local ordinances and guidelines for park and trail use.
  • Trails maps can be found by park, or a complete trail map of all parks can be found here
  • For questions about parks or trails, contact info@biparks.org.

 

PARKS & TRAILS

32 miles of trails, over 1600 acres of parkland. Get out and explore!

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Recreation opportunities for all ages and most interests.

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AQUATIC CENTER

Adult and youth swimming & fitness, swim clubs and events.

Fall Recreation Registration

Fall Registration is open now!

Click here to view the online catalog. Online, phone and mail-in registrations accepted. The online catalog will be updated weekly to reflect any changes due to government orders.

 Online Catalog Last Updated: 9/09/20

Discounts on Programs: The Park District partners with Helpline House and DDA/DSHS to make participation accessible for qualified families and individuals. For more information visit our financial assistance page.

10/15/20 Board Meeting

The October 15, 2020 board meeting and work session of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District will be held virtually. For an agenda, click here. Instructions for joining the meeting:

+1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 893 1904 0285
Passcode: 470889

Park District Video

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KidsUp! Playground Closed for Phase I Renovation

Phase I renovations begin Monday, January 6; while fundraising continues for Phase II to build the ferry, climbable orcas and art.

The main tower area restoration is complete. The rest of the original structure will be maintained as much as possible while we move forward with our KidsUp! Next Generation of Play re-imagination process.

The structure is being restored and re-imagined in a way that will honor the original playground, but bring new ideas and accessibility. If you are interested, please read the information on our KidsUp! Playground Renovation webpage or on the signage at the site about the overall project.

To donate: contact the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation.

Sakai Park Planning Process

Click here to see the latest on the Sakai Park planning process.

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Aquatic Center Planning Process

Click here to see the latest update on the Aquatic Center planning process.

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OUR MISSION

The mission of the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District is to build a healthy community through effective, sustainable stewardship of the District’s parks and open space, and through the development and delivery of innovative cultural and recreation opportunities.
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