A good buy, but the work is ongoing

A hike across the Peters property at the island’s south end Monday afternoon brought a certain sense of deja vu. Seemed like just last week we were tramping these same woods, exploring the remotest reaches of the Open Space Commission’s latest discovery – the Close family property.

This time, of course, we were actually southeast of Gazzam Lake, not northwest, crossing land that’s been under five decades of stewardship by the Peters clan. We were heading toward a secluded man-made pond, not the choppy waters of Port Orchard Narrows. And the going wasn’t nearly as rough, which was good for those in the party who hadn’t anticipated an afternoon field trip and might have been wearing sandals, i.e. us.

Hiking advocates are going to be smitten with this property, bringing as it does a self-contained trail system even as it connects with Gazzam Lake on one side, and comes within a stone’s throw of Schel Chelb estuary on another. Indeed, with the Peters property, Gazzam Lake and the more recently “acquired” (more on that in a moment) Close family parcel, the island will have created a sprawling public forestland some 430 acres in area, with footpaths that stretch from one end to the other. One could set out on foot from Lynwood Center with water and trail mix, head north and west, and not be seen again in civilization for most of a day.

We trust the City Council, in its wisdom and with the unanimous endorsement of the Open Space Commission, will approve the Peters property purchase. Then it’s time to break out the boots, if not the champagne; we’re reminded that fund-raising by the Bainbridge Island Land Trust is ongoing to complete purchase of the Close property. Another $1 million in private donations is needed.

Think about how to raise it along the trail.

Get on board

Bruce Weiland tells us that school board members are still recruiting hopefuls to fill out their ranks, with the departure of Mike Scott from the five-person group.

Because of the residency requirements for service – school board members must live in the corner of the island they

represent, and a move necessitated Scott’s resignation – the board is seeking someone who has not just an interest in school affairs, but also the right address.

District No. 5 covers an area roughly defined as such: south of Day Road, west of Highway 305 and Sportsman Club Road, north of High School Road, with some “jogging” through Fletcher Bay and Lovgreen. You can think of it as representing the Battle Point, Fletcher Bay, Koura and Meadowmeer neighborhoods.

Resumes and letters of interest should be submitted to the school district office by June 11, for appointment to fill out the final 30 months of Scott’s term. If you’re feeling demure, call Weiland for a pep talk.

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