Our Island’s Ever-Evolving Park System
The Bainbridge Island community is committed to preserving public lands and open space. One of the many benefits of this commitment is that we have a growing number of stunning parks to enjoy. Many of these new parks are left largely in their natural states, with simple amenities, allowing visitors a place to connect with nature.
If you look closely, you can see that several Island parks have significant historical backgrounds. Point White Pier is a former Mosquito Fleet dock. Blakely Harbor Park marks the site of the Blakely Saw Mill, which was one of the largest mills in the world in the late 1800’s. And several Island parks trace their beginnings to war era military installations. Fort Ward Park was commissioned as a seacoast fort during World War I and then, along with Battle Point Park, housed a radio station during World War II. Strawberry Hill and Eagledale Parks were both once homes to the Nike Missile program during the Cold War.
Whether old or new, a natural setting or a park full of recreational amenities, Island residents are lucky to have a wide variety of parks to enjoy! Can you guess Bainbridge Island’s oldest and newest park?