Improving Parks Since 1998
The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation was formed under the leadership of former Bainbridge Park District Director, Chuck Field. The first volunteer Board of Directors were elected into office on June 5th, 1997. Upon incorporation as a nonprofit organization, BIPF partnered with local agency One Call for All and awarded the first round of grants for local community groups in 1998. The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation has served as Fiscal Sponsor for specific parks projects initiated by Bainbridge Islanders, including the KidsUp playground at Battle Point Park and the Yeomalt Cabin restoration. In the fall of 2014, with donor vision and support, the Parks Foundation hired its first Executive Director, and brought on new Board Directors to expand Parks Foundation programming to enhance Island trails and parks. The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation now supports and expands recreational opportunities for all on Bainbridge Island. The Parks Foundation facilitates trail acquisition and maintenance, supports parkland stewardship, provides Fiscal-sponsorship for community-led park projects, and continues to grant support for capital improvement projects for recreational activities.