Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
Acquisition of this 24.7-acre parcel in Kitsap County will fulfill several important community needs on Bainbridge Island. With 1,380 feet of waterfront on Puget Sound, the site will provide an ideal location for launching nonmotorized watercraft. Associated tidelands and uplands will allow for development of trails, parking, and a link to an existing wildlife corridor. The site also has historical significance as it marks the first location in the country for internment of persons of Japanese descent during World War II. An outdoor memorial will be located here to recognize the internment and provide space for interpretation and reflection. The acquired property will fill the need for a community park sized waterfront park. The site is the location of a former wood treatment and storage facility that has been cleaned up. Project partners include the Trust for Public Land, City of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island Land Trust, Washington State Community Trade and Economic Development, Audubon, Washington Water Trails, The Suquamish Tribe, and the National Congress of Japanese Americans.