The Schel Chelb Playground is another fabulous community led initiative supported by the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation.
Schel Chelb is a 1.6-acre park on the south end of Bainbridge Island offering a children’s playground, 370 feet of saltwater shoreline, a swimming beach, picnic area and trail linking to the Gazzam network and Lynwood Center.
The Schel Chelb playground was designed pro bono by Chris Cain of Studio Hanson|Roberts, who also designed Owen’s Playground. The playground’s design features locally-sourced natural materials. This engaging play space offers a sea serpent and shipwreck theme and includes a sandpit, stump hop, slide and a boat swing
Schel Chelb Playground was championed by Jim and Vicky Reilly, who live in the home located directly behind the park. While the land for the park was sold to the city in 2008 for below market value, with the stipulation that it would be used as a neighborhood park, it sat undeveloped for several years. After moving into their new home, The Reilly’s spearheaded the fundraising to build the playground, starting the Lynnwood Community Market as a fundraising mechanism. The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation helped fund this wonderful playground through multiple community grants.