Hawley Cove Park is a waterfront gem on Eagle Harbor, an easy walk from the densely populated part of Winslow. It has a natural sandy beach with a dramatic view of Mt. Rainer, a 400 foot boardwalk, a marsh area with abundant bird life, and trails through forest leading to Wing Point Way. It is heavily visited by the many residents of Winslow, Ferncliff, Harbor Square, Cave and Hawley neighborhoods. The park is also a destination on the extended Waterfront Trail.
Unfortunately, access for Hawley Cove Park users is difficult and hazardous due to logs piled up on the beach at the west entrance. This deters many visitors to the park, particularly older walkers. The Bainbridge Park District has obtained permits to build a boardwalk from Hawley Way directly to the berm in the park, allowing easy access to the park from the west. An anchor-auger machine has been donated to the Park District through grants and donations obtained by the Bainbridge Parks Foundation to enable efficient, ecologically sensitive/minimally invasive construction of the boardwalk.
The Parks Foundation needs to raise $20,000 so that the Park District will build this boardwalk in 2018. The District has assured the Parks Foundation that unless there is an unforeseeable obstacle, if this funding is obtained, the boardwalk will be built in 2018 with additional District funding.
Completion of the boardwalk will connect more of us to this beautiful park, benefiting neighbors, visitors and also future residents of a growing Winslow.
When purchased through City of Bainbridge Open Space bonds, it was intended that the park would serve not only as a great place to visit for Winslow, Hawley and Wing Point residents and visitors, but would also provide a commuter route from Wing Point to Winslow and the Bainbridge ferry. This intention will be realized when the boardwalk is completed.
You can advance 2018 construction plans for the Hawley Cove Boardwalk: Make your tax-deductible gift today!