Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.
The Bainbridge Island Park District used this grant to acquire 8.14 acres of property for future development of a waterfront park named Manzanita Bay Park. The property is located on Bainbridge Island in Kitsap County. The acquisition will include 1.68 acres of riparian area, 4.2 acres of tidelands, 2.26 acres of uplands, and .5 miles of shoreline. The land contains a pebbly beach, fruit trees, lawn, and views across the bay. Future use of the site site is primarily for water access recreation and habitat conservation. Future development will be phased and will include a parking area, a kayak drop-off and a passive park area. An existing house, outbuilding, and septic area have been excluded from the acquisition area. The Bainbridge Island Park District will retain these structures and amenities for future use as an indoor recreational facility. The value of the footprint area was determined based upon the square foot value of the reviewed appraised value of the property, the footprint isl not be eligible for reimbursement and is not included in the RCO’s Deed of Right.