Strawberry Hill Park Batting Cage

A new 30’x60’ covered batting cage is coming soon to Strawberry Hill Park. The new cage will be built adjacent to the current restroom/concessions building and construction is scheduled to begin in Spring of 2024. Temporary closures of the upper parking lot and restroom/concessions building may be required during construction. Your patience will be appreciated.

Ray Williamson Pool Rehabilitation

Most Recent Information:

On May 2, 2024 the board unanimously passed a resolution that authorizes a bond measure to go before voters. The bond is anticipated to be on the August Primary Ballot.

For more information contact Matthew Keough, Senior Planner–

Project Description

The Park Board’s acceptance of a comprehensive renovation strategy could extend the lifespan of the Ray Williamson Pool a minimum of 20 more years. This urgent part of the project, Phase 1, is tied to an existing permit and is planned for Summer -Winter 2024. This will help to protect against potential closure, growing costs, and a change in the building code that could limit the use of the existing pool building.

The split of the project into two phases gives us a chance to assess the size and timing of the second phase. While proceeding with Phase 1, the Stemper project management team said the existing building and permit can accommodate two more swimming lanes and a change the tank to a consistent pool depth. This additional work is now under review, and community input is vital.

Project Background

Built in 1970, The Ray Williamson Pool has been in continual operation for over 50 years.

Recent years have seen increased maintenance requirements at the pool. In September 2022, Stemper Architectural Collaborative was hired to do a comprehensive facility assessment. This includes evaluating critical items, including architecture, mechanics, plumbing, fire protection, electricity, and structure.

In February 2023, Stemper AC presented a plan to renovate the entire Ray facility at once. In May 2023, the Park Board hired Stemper to move the project to the Construction Documentation and Permitting phase. The work will begin in summer 2024.

In December 2023, it was realized that the project had to be done in two phases, pushing Phase 2 to 2025. This allows the opportunity to consider expanding the renovation  plan for Phase 2 per interest in adding two more lanes and making the pool depth consistent. These are possible additions within the building and under the current permit.

In January 2024, Stemper AC presented several options to the Park Board. They also gave rough estimates of the added costs for expanding the Ray pool tank and amending the height of the pool deck.

The extent of Phase 2 is dependent on community interest and fundraising. The Park District is listening to community input ahead of deciding if the project will be a rehabilitation or an expansion.

Upcoming Events:

    To see the Pool Conditions Assessment, click here.

    For a complete summary of the Ray Williamson Pool renovation project, click here.

    To see a company profile of Stemper Architectural Collaborative, click here.

    Vincent to Gazzam Trail Project

    A new trail connection is being planned for the Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve. The new trail section will follow an easement to the west of the Bainbridge Island Transfer Station and will connect the Opal Ridge Trail to Vincent Road near Kojima Ave.

    Project Presentation

    Williams Olson Park Restoration

    Improvements are coming to Williams Olson Park. Beginning in November of 2023, the park will see the addition of a new picnic shelter, play area, and a portable restroom. Improvements will also be made to the parking area, trails, and accessibility. For the safety of all, intermittent closures of the park may be necessary during the restoration process.

    Project Site Plan

    Sakai Park Tennis Court Construction

    The District Board of Commissioners passed a motion in May to allow two tennis courts to be constructed at Sakai Park. Once completed, the tennis courts at Battle Point Park will be converted to six additional pickleball courts. Staff has secured an engineering firm to create a stormwater plan for the site in preparation for permitting the project. The target date for completion of the Sakai tennis courts is Spring of 2024.

    Moritani Preserve Thinning

    Dutchman Logging was awarded the logging bid to thin overstocked forests at Strawberry Hill Park and Moritani Preserve. Work will begin January 2024 and continue through February 2024. Parking and access to park facilities may be limited during this time. Silva Solutions, LLC was awarded the bid to complete a timber cruise and prepare a logging bid for Strawberry Hill Park and Moritani Preserve. The team will oversee the logging contract and logging operations.

    Uncover the “Why” behind our park’s thinning efforts! Explore our Healthy Forest page to grasp the science-driven reasons behind this endeavor. Learn about the delicate equilibrium we’re fostering, and join us in preserving the ecological wellness of our parks.

    Strawberry Hill Skate Park

    The Strawberry Hill Skatepark is being renovated and expanded.
    The Skatepark Expansion Concept Plan was formally approved by the Park Commissioners at the April 20th, 2023, Park District Board Meeting. Construction documents and a permit package are being prepared and will be submitted for permitting upon completion.  Fundraising and permitting will determine future phased development, which will likely begin in 2024.

    The 16,660-sf. Strawberry Hill Skate Park facility will feature an expansive, open “street skating” area with ramps, stairs, rails, and many other elements typical of an urban skating environment. An undulating “pump track” wraps around the skating plaza, allowing a long, continuous ride through momentum-building curves and bowls.

    The park is designed for skaters of all skill levels and will welcome not just skateboarders but roller and inline skaters and scooters.

    For more information on how to get involved with this project, please visit the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation page here.

    Strawberry Hill Skate Park Expansion Map
    Strawberry Hill Skatepark Expansion Concept
    Skate Park Timeline
    Strawberry Hill Skatepark Expansion Revision Summary

    Strawberry Hill Bike Park

    The bike park design was formally approved by the Park Commissioners at the May 4, 2023, Park District Board Meeting. Construction documents and a permit package are being prepared and will be submitted for permitting upon completion.

    Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance designs the new mountain biking course at Strawberry Hill Park with the help of local mountain bikers. The Park District will construct the course with the support of the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation. Features will include wooded trails, berms, jumps, and more, with areas for bike riders of all ages and skill levels.

    Visit the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation’s page here to learn more about the new course and how to get involved.


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