KidsUp! The Next Generation is Open Now!
The playground centerpiece is the “M/V KidsUp!”, a custom-built, one-of-kind play structure
that evokes the Puget Sound ferry fleet. The two-level, 47-foot-long ferry was designed and
fabricated by Landscape Structures, Inc., equipment supplier for the playground.
In the vanguard of accessible playground design, KidsUp! sets an exceptional standard for
inclusion and safety. Elements like the wheelchair-friendly We-Go-Round spinner offer a
common play experience for all users regardless of mobility or development. All
playground areas are accessible, and extensive soft surfacing minimizes impact from falls.
Honoring Northwest stories and lore, the playground features climbable Orca whales, and
a Lookout Pier extending over the “Rotary Beach” sandy play area and hidden octopus
sculpture. Other highlights include a winding Trike Track through the center of the ferry, a
Sound Garden of outdoor musical elements, new swings, spinners and slides, and many
artworks among fragrant gardens of wildflowers and herbs.
The playground retains several features of the beloved, original KidsUp! Playground on the
same site, including the signature “castle towers” and much of the Northwest-inspired
artworks, newly refurbished. The towers are integrated with the playground’s new layout,
connecting to the ferry boat at one end and an elevated walkway at the other to form a
continuous pathway around the open, expansive play area.
KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play was built by the Bainbridge Island Metro Park &
Recreation District, with fundraising by the nonprofit Bainbridge Island Foundation and the
support of many grantors, sponsors, and private donors in a three-year capital campaign.
The playground was designed by Chris Cain of Studio Hanson Roberts, with the Park District and a KidsUp! Committee of local parents.
KidsUp! Playground Renovation Community Committee Chair
Park Services, Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District
Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, Marketing & Development Director