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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates - 6/3/20

Summer Registration Relaunch!

Summer Registration launched June 10 at 9:30am. Find more info about class availability and registration details below!

The Covid Coloring Book Challenge

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Parking Access is Reopened!

Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District

Recreation Division Reopening Plan 6.3.2020

The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District recognizes that parks, trails, and recreational and cultural programming provide opportunities for physical activity while also providing respite, health, and general wellness. As our Governor has announced, our state’s approach to reopening will be phased in over a period of time while monitoring the health status of each county. As we embark on this reopening plan, the Park District strongly encourages community members to use parks, trails, and open spaces while still following guidelines from health experts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Going forward, our recreational and cultural programming will be reconvening under new operational standards to help protect community members and our staff. The Park District staff has drafted these new standards based on research from the CDC, Kitsap Public Health District, National Recreation and Park Association, and the Washington Recreation & Park Association. As we all may have read and heard in the news, this reopening will be gradual and segmented. We understand the initial reopening will seem restrictive and provide some inconveniences, but it is for everyone’s well-being and safety.  

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 program activites, and provide applicable refunds per the Park District’s refund policy.

Recreation and Facility Updates

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.

Due to the print date of our summer catalog, there have been updates on class availability. Please view the updated lists of camps and classes below.

Revised Class Schedule
Revised Camp Grid

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

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

Summer Programming:
  • Summer Program registration scheduled for June 10 at 9:30am
  • Only accepting online, phone, and mail-in forms.
  • Financial support available through Helpline House.  For more information visit our financial assistance page.
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. 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 info@biparks.org.

 

PARKS & TRAILS

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AQUATIC CENTER

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

Summer Program Relaunch!

Summer Registration — June 10 @ 9:30am

Online, phone and mail-in registrations accepted. Click below to see updated class and camp information.

Revised Class Schedule
Revised Camp Grid

Disclaimer: The program catalog below does not reflect current availability of camps and programs. Please check the links above for up-to-date availability and revisions to programs.

Summer Camp

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.

6/4/20 Board Meeting

The June 4, 2020 board meeting of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District will be held virtually. For an agenda, click here. Written public comment may be submitted by Thursday, June 4 at noon to Executive Services Manager Helen Stone at helen@biparks.org.

Instructions for joining the meeting:

+1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 899 7299 2790
Password: 683405

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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