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The gazebo may be moved to Winslow Green. -
The gazebo may be moved to Winslow Green.
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The new Bainbridge-Seattle ferry schedule, changed for the first time in 13 years, takes effect Sunday.

And while weekday commuters will have the option of a 4:45 a.m. sailing to Seattle, they’ll have to get to the terminal on their own, without help from Kitsap Transit.

“We couldn’t arrange our schedules to meet that (early) boat,” said John Clauson if Kitsap Transit. “It would put us into a three-shift mode, and it would be very expensive to hire the additional people.”

The schedule was changed principally to bring it into sync with reality. Ferries officials said traffic on the run had increased to the point that the time allotted for loading and unloading was no longer sufficient, which meant that the boats ran chronically late.

Not only were the vessels not meeting their schedule, but crew shifts frequently did not end on time, requiring WSF to pay substantial overtime.

The new schedule stretches out the time between sailings slightly, and cuts back on late-evening sailings, eliminating one trip per day.

On weeknights, including Fridays, there will only be four boats from Seattle after 10 p.m. – 10:05, 10:55, 12:15 and 1:35.

One can tarry abroad a little longer on Saturday or Sunday – boats leave Seattle at 10:40, 11:15, 12:45 and 2:10.

– John Waldo

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***Strike up the bandstand?

After several years in exile, a festive gazebo may soon find a new home – Winlsow Green.

The city council Wednesday authorized the structure’s relocation to a popular lawn in front of the commercial-residential hub at Winslow Way/Madison Avenue.

“I think (the Green) just screams for this sort of thing,” said Paulette Jacobson, president of the Winslow Green Condominium Association.

The gazebo began life outside the former Hobble and Hayes building at Madison/Wyatt Way, but was donated to the city several years ago when that building was sold.

Since then, it has sat behind the BPA Playhouse, used only for theater prop storage.

City officials had considered moving the structure to the so-called “Three Tree Park” on Ericksen Avenue. But it would have been in the way of the Bainbridge Historical Museum, which will move there next year.

The new Fort Ward Parade Ground was also considered, but the structure was spurned as that park was designed.

Now plans show the gazebo at the east end of the Winslow Green lawn, near Madison Avenue. A site rendering can be viewed at the Bill McKnight Design storefront.

Backers say the structure would be used as a bandstand for community concerts and other events.

Donation was proposed by Chris Beattie, executive director of the Team Winslow downtown association. She said the gazebo could give a boost to nearby merchants mired in the current economic malaise.

“For no money, they would get a lot of bang,” Beattie wrote in a proposal to the city.

The parties have yet to finalize an agreement, and the condo association board still must formally endorse the project. Also, it’s unclear whether the city would retain ownership of the structure, and who would pay moving costs.

Still, Jacobson is an enthusiastic supporter. She is, she said, using her term as condominium board president to try and make the Green’s sprawling lawn – technically private property – more of a community gathering place.

“We tend to be kind of the center of town anyway, whether we like it or not,” she said. “I think (the gazebo) is a great way to serve the retail community here and the people who live here, as well as the community at large.

“It’s a pretty little bandstand. It’ll be a place people can gather.”

– Douglas Crist

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