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.
The Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District will use grant to acquire about 16 acres of property on Madison Avenue near the Bainbridge Island High School. The property is named after the Sakai family who purchased the property in 1935 and operated it as a berry farm prior to and after their WWII internment in 1942. The property will support a mix of recreational uses including natural open space and active recreation. The area to be included in the open space portion of the park includes a pond and wetland matrix in close proximity to Ravine Creek. The other portion of the park is planned to include active recreational opportunities such as courts, fields, and parking, plus trails linking to schools, an aquatic center, and to the Sound to Olympic Trail. A portion of the property that is not included in this grant agreement will support indoor recreational facilities such as gymnastics and an indoor field. The primary recreational opportunity that will be supported by this grant is active recreation.