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Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve Main Trail Re-Route

Park District trails crews have re-routed the Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve Main Trail approximately 250 feet to the north to accommodate construction of a new well at Deerpath Lane.

The Kitsap Public Utility District will be constructing a new 600-foot-deep water supply well and above-ground reservoirs that will replace the existing above-ground water reservoirs currently located at Deerpath Lane.

The new well will provide a more resilient water system, including improved fire services, to the communities of south Bainbridge Island. Additionally, the project will expand trailhead parking with up to 12 additional spaces, improve safety around the water infrastructure, improve access for trail maintenance, help protect a vital watershed, and more accurately monitor Gazzam Lake water levels.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please call KPUD at 360-779-7656 or visit their website at


Well Drilling Begins at Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve — 4-3-22

The Kitsap Public Utility District (KPUD) well improvement project off Deer Path Lane begins Monday, April 4.

KPUD construction teams will begin initial work, including some small tree removal (alders), branch trimming, and leveling out the area/placing rock where the drill rig will be stationed.

Starting Monday, April 11, Tacoma Pump & Drilling will begin excavation work and set up temporary fencing to protect the drill site and its equipment. Depending on the drilling conditions, the drilling work is expected to take 2-4 months.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please call KPUD at 360-779-7656 or visit their website at

New Cabins at Fay Bainbridge Park

Two new cabins are currently under construction at Fay Bainbridge Park. Designed and built entirely by Park District staff. The two new cabins will feature unique arched roof construction and at 288 square feet, will be our most spacious cabins yet. Cabin 4 will be centrally situated in the forested cabin loop. Cabin 5 will be located near the bluff and feature a deck with commanding views to the north. Construction is set to finish in fall 2022, depending on availability of materials.

Fort Ward Play Area

The Park District is considering adding a play area in the Fort Ward neighborhood. Interested community members have come to the Park District to request a play area on the Fort Ward Parade Grounds. The Park District Board of Commissioners was presented with three options, including the Parade Grounds option, at the July 21, 2022 board meeting and began taking public comments. Staff provided an update at the August 18, 2022 board meeting on the status of this project and the discussions with the neighborhood. There will be an All Neighborhood Open Discussion held at Fort Ward Hall (9705 NE Evergreen Ave.) on September 11, at 5pm. Kids are welcome. The organizers will present the results at the September 15 board meeting. Information only, no decisions.

Fort Ward All Neighborhood Discussion Flyer

Fort Ward Play Area Presentation
Fort Ward Parade Grounds Plat Survey
Fort Ward Parade Grounds Transfer Agreement