Design for the new due mountain bike park

The Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation District plans to hold its in-person retreat and meetings after Gov. Jay Inslee eased mask requirements on March 21.

Parks Commissioner Dawn Janow said at the retreat they would discuss what should be done at Sakai and Strawberry parks, as well as the aquatics centre.

She said the vision for Strawberry Park is “a big deal for us,” with the possibilities of grass pitches, lighting, mountain bike park, skateboard park, tennis courts and can – even be of a land.

They will also discuss the demographics of the people they serve, online programs, modernizing communications, visions for equipment, vehicle replacement and capital projects, as well as timelines and costs.

The parks commission has also undergone open government training.

The biggest question from the curators was what should be saved and what can be deleted?

Terry Lande, Executive Director, said there is a procedure that must take place to remove each item. “Isn’t it easier to keep it on your computer until you leave the park district?” he said.

Commissioner Jay Kinney said of the training that they “don’t joke about prosecution. Some ask for records and do not act in good faith. There is no insurance and the stewards could be personally liable. “It could get expensive,” he said.

Many park administrators said they were busy hiring people. Lande said a new IT manager has been hired. “I think there’s already a line forming on his doorstep,” he said.

In discussions with the city, Lande said he learned that they plan to use only power hand tools for six months. If they like it, there’s talk of a city ordinance that would ban gas-powered hand tools.

“It would be an eye opener for a lot of people,” Lande said.

Meanwhile, a design for the new mountain bike park was scheduled for February 23 and negotiations are underway to build the new skateboard park, both at Strawberry Hill Park. Discussions about the visitor center at the Pritchard Park Memorial are ongoing.

It was also mentioned that an irrigation fix at the Sands Ballfield has been found and could mean baseball practice could take place there soon.

In other news:

• Bainbridge Island Recreation Center membership growth has slowed, but now stands at 1,416.

• The summer catalog will be available online on March 28 with registration on April 20.

• Popular sports include tennis with 27 teams, cycling as people prepare for the best time, dancing, basketball, snow skiing trips and chess camp.

• In addition, men’s and women’s gymnastics teams compete, as well as swimming teams. Appointments with a personal trainer are also on the rise.

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