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New Cabins at Fay Bainbridge Park

Two new cabins are currently under construction at Fay Bainbridge Park. They are 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 near the bluff and feature a deck with commanding views to the north. Construction is set to finish in fall 2022, depending on the 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 August 18, 2022, board meeting on the status of this project and the discussions with the neighborhood. An All Neighborhood Open Discussion will be held at Fort Ward Hall (9705 NE Evergreen Ave.) on September 11 at 5:00pm. Kids are welcome. The organizers will present the results at the September 15 board meeting. Information only, no decisions.

Fort Ward Play Area 2

Fort Ward Play Area 3

Fort Ward Playground Survey Results

Fort Ward Play Area Presentation

Fort Ward All Neighborhood Discussion Flyer
Fort Ward Play Area Presentation
Fort Ward Parade Grounds Plat Survey
Fort Ward Parade Grounds Transfer Agreement

Strawberry Hill Park Improvements

In 2021, the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation provided an anonymous donation for approximately ten acres of land adjoining the west side of Strawberry Hill Park. Consistent with the donor’s desires, this area is the focus for a dog park expansion area and a non-motorized mountain bike course. A Park District citizen’s committee is spearheading design efforts for the mountain bike course with design assistance provided by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

View the Bike Park presentation here and the design proposal here.

Strawberry Hill Park’s skate bowl has long served as an area amenity for skaters. A new design will complement the existing bowl by adding an area adjacent to the bowl for a skate program envisioned with ramps, stairs, and rail features with an exterior pump track. The Park District is being guided in its design by its citizen committee and Grindline Skateparks, Inc.

Funding for the skate park and pump track additions and the new mountain bike course is being assisted through partnership fundraising efforts with the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation.

Additionally, Strawberry Hill Park is upgrading and providing turf overlay to two Little League fields and its overlay multi-use field for football, soccer, girls lacrosse, and ultimate frisbee.