Bainbridge council to discuss the renaming of Strawberry Plant Property

The Bainbridge Island City Council will decide Wednesday whether to approve the renaming of Strawberry Plant Park.

Community members have petitioned for the park to be renamed John Nelson Park at Strawberry Cannery Cove.

In the 1950s, a property off of Highway 305 and Vineyard Lane was donated to the city by John Nelson, a shipyard worker and local resident, to be turned into a park.

Due to location constraints it was never developed.

Over the past nine years, however, the city, John Nelson's heir Eric Lund and community members have been working to establish Nelson's wish.

In 2004, the city entered into an agreement with the Island Seniors Community and Lund to exchange the property on Vineyard Lane for Strawberry Plant Property near Eagle Harbor, at the foot of Weaver Road.

In the agreement, a portion of the property donated by Nelson has been identified to be developed and named the "John Nelson Trail."

Additionally, Strawberry Plant Property would become a public waterfront park.

The council will discuss the property renaming during the resolutions portion of the agenda at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 9.

The city council meets every Wednesday in city hall.


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