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City council honors Bainbridge mobile home park community

Bobo hangs out in front of his home at the Islander Mobile Home Park in Winslow.  - Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review
Bobo hangs out in front of his home at the Islander Mobile Home Park in Winslow.
— image credit: Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review

It’s not uncommon to hear applause in council chambers at Bainbridge Island City Hall, but Wednesday’s council meeting garnered an ovation from those on the dais.

The Bainbridge Island City Council officially proclaimed Aug. 24 as Islander Mobile Home Park Day, in honor of the residents successful refinancing of the property.

“Thank you so much for acknowledging our achievement and for recognizing our community,” said Maria Cook, vice president of the Islander Resident’s Association, at Wednesday’s meeting.

Cook was present with board president Barbara Chrisman.

There was little discussion of the proclamation before its approval. The council appeared ready and eager to make it official.

“Mostly I just want to cheer,” said Councilwoman Anne Blair shortly before the council unanimously approved the proclamation.

The Islander Mobile Home Park is tucked away in a small corner of Winslow, behind city hall, and is home to approximately 50 residents. It is a series of four humble and quiet streets, lined with gardens, flowers and neighborly smiles.

“For over 40 years the Islander Mobile Home Park has provided affordable housing and continues to contribute to the diversity of the island, it’s most precious resource,” said Councilwoman Debbi Lester.

The park has previously been incorporated into the city’s comprehensive plan and the Winslow Master Plan. The city helped the park’s residents purchase the park in 2004 and bought seven shares of the Islander Residents Association.

The proclamation commemorates a milestone for the mobile home park, and residents’ efforts to financially secure it. The association recently closed on a 35-year loan with a fixed rate of 3.05 percent.

“As we worked to secure this financing we really felt we were participating for the greater island community,” Cook said. “We are thankful that you are acknowledging that we are indeed an asset. We are very proud of our neighborhood and very grateful that we will continue.”

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