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Community design workshop to be held for Waterfront Park

Bainbridge Island residents will have an opportunity to offer design input for an improved Waterfront Park and city dock.

Studio Cascade, the design team selected for the project, will be hosting a four-day open studio where citizens can join in the design process.

"This event allows the community to contribute directly to the evolution of the design for the park and dock," said City Manager Doug Schulze.

This past summer, the city requested public input for possible improvements during two workshops attended by approximately 100 residents and through a community poll which received about 1,200 responses. Through these requests, the city discovered the community favored an expanded public dock and more seasonal events on the lawn.

This input is now being used by Studio Cascade to develop several design alternatives for the park.

The studio will open with a kick-off event from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Community Center. On Monday and Tuesday, the studio will be located in the city hall council chambers from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a workshop that will discuss refined design proposals from 7 to 9 p.m. The final studio day will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Interested community members, local landscape architects or civil engineers are all invited to drop in any or every day to comment, offer ideas or advice on the new Waterfront Park.

At the end of the four-day studio, the design team will have developed and vetted at least three park designs for the city to consider. Each design will reflect the community's preferences.

From 5 to 6 p.m. on the final day of the event, Studio Cascade will meet with city council to present their designs and studio results.

For more information on the park project or the four-day open studio, visit www.waterfront-park.org.

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