Parks foundation hosts Waypoint Woods open house

The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation will host an “environmental service” event and open house at the new Waypoint Woods Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

The 3-acre property is bounded by Olympic and Harborview drives, the Washington State Ferries repair yard and the Winslow ravine. It is being improved as a native woodland park with trails, under a partnership between the parks foundation, the Bainbridge Island Park District and WSF, the actual property owner.

“Waypoint Woods is a true gem of an open space in Winslow,” said Barb Trafton, the park foundation’s executive director. “Islanders and visitors will enjoy it as it takes shape.

“A vibrant pocket forest will be a great addition to the island’s gateway.”

Work got started over the past two summers, as the park district’s Student Conservation Corps and Summer Trails Crew removed ivy and holly and started roughing in a new trailhead to the existing loop trail. Additional site prep has been supported with thanks to the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

The trailhead is near the anchor on the Waterfront Park commuter path, and the loop trail includes views overlooking Eagle Harbor.

Volunteers at Saturday’s event can help remove invasive plants and mulch several restoration zones. Basic tools will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring their own favorite implements, if possible, along with a pair of work gloves.

Those who don’t want to work are still invited to come walk the woods, meet the parks foundation board and staff, and discuss park plans and opportunities.

“Join the parks foundation board for a little workout as we clean up this wonderful natural area, or just enjoy the trail and bring along your ideas for the park,” Trafton said. “We are eager to share this surprisingly lovely woodland with you.”

For more information, email barb@biparksfoundation.org.

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