Celebrate shorelines at road end event

The city of Bainbridge Island Road Ends Committee and Go! Bainbridge invite the public to a celebration of the island’s public road ends at a special event Sunday.

“Where the Road Ends, the Beach Begins” will be held from noon to 4 p.m.  Sunday, June 1.

The event will feature a self-guided walking or biking tour of seven of the island’s road ends located in Winslow.

Participants can pick up a map and passport at the check-in booth in front of the Waterfront Community Center. Volunteers will be at each of the seven road end sites to answer questions and provide information about the history of the road ends.

The entire tour of the seven sites is a little over one mile in length.

In addition to providing residents access to the beach, the Bainbridge Island road ends are steeped in history.

For example, the Gowen Place road end was named for Father Vincent Gowen, a longtime resident of Bainbridge and the first vicar of Saint Barnabas Church where he served from 1945 until he retired in 1981.

Before coming to Bainbridge Island, Father Gowen was a missionary in China, taught in a Filipino mountain school, and was a Japanese prisoner of war for three years. In 1975, he wrote “Village by the Yangtze.”

Organizers note that each road end has a unique and fascinating history, and the event on Sunday will be a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the history of Bainbridge Island while enjoying the island’s beaches.

More information about the “Where the Road Ends, the Beach Begins” event can be found at



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