Williams-Olson Park

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bainbridge Island MPRD Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $606,430.00 Applicant Match: $367,023.24 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 23 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # Aug-61

Location Details

From #305 west on Koura Road through the stop at Miller Road, continue west as Koura changes to Williams Lane until the end of the road.

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.