Planning for a revamped Waterfront Park will continue Sunday
a second community workshop. The event runs 1:30-4:30 p.m. at
Waterfront Park Community Center. Islanders can join a walking tour
of the park and dock at 1 p.m.
The city and Sustainable Bainbridge
launched the planning effort with a
well attended community meeting June 1. Prolific walkable communities consultant Dan
Burden helped guide the conversation. Participants brainstormed
ideas for the park and voted on their favorite design elements
can see the voting results here).
Sunday’s workshop will include presentations from specific user
groups. Bainbridge Island
Rowing has a proposal for a new boathouse. The city’s advisory
Harbor Commission is promoting designs
for an expanded city dock.
The city dedicated $1.8 million of a Washington State Ferries
settlement to reinvigorating the downtown park and will seek
additional grants. A
request for qualifications from design firms was recently
issued for the project.
Civic-minded islanders have a busy dance card tonight. They can
choose between a potluck and discussion with new City Manager Doug
Schulze or a Washington State Ferries community meeting.
Discussion group VillageSpeak will hold a dinner forum with Schulze
beginning at 6:30
p.m. at OfficeXpats in the
Bainbridge Pavilion. The conversation will include opening remarks
by the city manager, a moderated discussion and a Q&A session
with the audience.
The event is free but attendees are encouraged to bring a dish
to share and a $5 donation. A standing reception will follow the
discussion at 8:30 p.m. Schulze (pictured)
joined the city on Nov. 5. He previously served as manager of
Another meeting will take place across town at the same time.
WSF brings its traveling
community outreach tour to Bainbridge at 6 p.m. in the Art
Ferries chief David Moseley will discuss the upcoming
legislative session, staffing issues and other topics. This is a
good time for ferry riders to bring forward questions and
complaints. WSF already held a meeting in Bremerton, where
proposed service cuts are a hot topic.
Tad Sooter photos
As we reported earlier this month, the Bainbridge City Council
wants Washington State Ferries to
consider moving the taxi waiting area away from the front
entrance of the Bainbridge terminal.
WSF is taking the request seriously.
Ferries director David Moseley plans to meet with city
representatives to discuss congestion at the terminal, WSF
spokeswoman Marta Coursey said in an email Tuesday. Coursey said
ferry planners are evaluating a few options to share with the
The council asked WSF to consider relocating the taxi waiting
area after hearing from islanders who said it was difficult to load
and unload at the terminal. Taxis, shuttle buses and private
vehicles share a narrow lane north of the building. Traffic crawls
through the zone during busy commuter hours and taxis queuing
along the curb outside the entrance make it tricky to drop off
walk-on passengers near the door.
“It’s something that I consider to be an obvious issue,”
Councilwoman Kirsten Hytopoulos said Aug. 16. “I mean, I don’t know
where we’re supposed to park to pick up our grandmas.”
You can read a draft of the city’s letter to WSF
Today’s Crosscut explores how Washington State Ferries may be
paying a premium by allowing only Washington shipbuilders to bid on
Read the story here.