BIMPRD Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates
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.
Pleaser 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.
3/20/2020 – The Park District extends the closure of all activities, facilities, and sports fields until April 27.
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.
3/20/2020 – Summer Registration has been postponed until further notice.
GUIDELINES FOR VISITING PARKS DURING COVID-19 – 3/24/2020
Parks are closed to vehicles, but remain open for visitors to walk, cycle and enjoy nature. The Park District is taking these 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. For the duration of the Governor’s proclamation, all bathrooms, playgrounds, camping areas, dog parks, disc golf, tennis and pickleball courts, water drinking stations, and sports fields will be closed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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.
- For questions about programs or passes, please contact email@example.com.
Facility Rentals & Camping:
- All facility rentals and camping reservations have been canceled through April 27. All fees will be refunded or can be applied to a future reservation.
- At this time, no new rental reservations will be taken.
- For questions about rentals, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to monitor the Park District website for future updates.
Summer registration has been postponed until further notice.
Please continue to monitor the Park District Website for further updates.
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.
Formation of Two Advisory Committees
Click here for notice of two advisory committees that are being formed for Sakai Park and the Aquatic Center Ray Williamson pool replacement.
Board Meeting Cancellation
The April 2, 2020 Board Meeting has been canceled.
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.