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Strawberry Plant Park will address Bainbridge community’s wishes | Letters | June 11

In response to the June 4 letter, “City is going to ruin a great local park,” Strawberry Plant Park is not “an internationally known historic site.”

The history of this site was largely unknown to even islanders until its history was shared during the park planning process. To state that it is internationally known is hyperbole.

This park is not a “favorite site” for swimming and small-boat launching. I live next door to the park and I can tell you that I have seen people swimming here only on very rare occasions – maybe two or three times a summer.

While Eagle Harbor does see its share of kayakers, canoeists and rowers, almost no one launches small boats from the park beach.

Unless one launches at or near high tide, the beach is a mud flat, providing very difficult and unpleasant launch conditions.

To state that “the new landscape does not include any of the features requested during opportunities for citizen input” is inaccurate. I participated in the second round of public meetings held to solicit citizen input.

Most people wanted a park that enhanced the opportunity to experience a peaceful and natural setting – to see and hear birds, and to help return fish, especially salmon, to the harbor.

The park plan addresses those desires.

Most activities park visitors now enjoy, including disabled visitors, will continue to be enjoyed, undiminished, in the new park.

The park plan includes a viewing platform, the location of which will be almost exactly the same as the “land spit” now most often enjoyed.

The improved park will offer more, not less, to its visitors.

Jerry Bjerke

Bainbridge Island

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