Joel Pritchard Park

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bainbridge Island MPRD Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $500,000.00 Applicant Match: $3,588,890.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 23 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 03-1165

Location Details

From Downtown Seattle board the Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry at Coleman dock. Cross Puget Sound, left at the first light (Highway 303 and Winslow Way) right at the first stop sign (Winslow Way and Madison) to Wyatt and another left (Wyatt and Madison). Follow the road west as it curves around Eagle Harbor and turn left at Eagle Harbor Drive continue to Taylor. Taylor is the current entrance to the property and at the road end is the remnant dock where the Japanese Americans embarked. Access to the Shorelines requires landowner permission. Contact the applicant.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.