The new Kids Up! playground at Battle Point Park. Courtesy Photo

The new Kids Up! playground at Battle Point Park. Courtesy Photo

Landlubbers can take a ferry adventure

  • Thursday, September 2, 2021 4:04pm
  • Life

You can now catch a ferry at another part of Bainbridge Island.

It won’t take you anywhere, unless you use your imagination.

The giant ferry is part of a new playground at Battle Point Park. It will open Sept. 4 at KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play.

The imaginative, inclusive playground will open with an imaginative, inclusive event.

The 10 a.m. dedication will feature a Trike Track parade, music and food trucks. The event is presented by the BI Metro Park & Recreation District and BI Parks Foundation, and sponsored by Play Creations and Landscape Structures, Inc.

The playground centerpiece is the “M/V KidsUp!”, a custom-built, one-of-kind play structure that evokes the Puget Sound ferry fleet. The two-level, 47-foot-long ferry was designed and fabricated by Landscape Structures, Inc., equipment supplier for the playground.

Elements like the wheelchair-friendly We-Go-Round spinner offer a common play experience for all users regardless of mobility or development. All playground areas are accessible, and extensive soft surfacing minimizes impact from falls.

Honoring Northwest stories and lore, the playground features climbable Orca whales, and a Lookout Pier extending over the “Rotary Beach” sandy play area and hidden octopus sculpture. Other highlights include a winding Trike Track through the center of the ferry, a Sound Garden of outdoor musical elements, new swings, spinners and slides, and many artworks among fragrant gardens of wildflowers and herbs.

The playground retains several features of the beloved, original KidsUp! Playground on the same site, including the signature “castle towers” and much of the Northwest-inspired artworks, newly refurbished. The towers are integrated with the playground’s new layout, connecting to the ferry boat at one end and an elevated walkway at the other to form a continuous pathway around the open, expansive play area.

KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play was built by the parks district, with fundraising by the nonprofit foundation and the support of many grantors, sponsors and private donors in a three-year capital campaign.

The playground was designed by Chris Cain of Studio Hanson Roberts, along with the parks district and a KidsUp! Committee of local parents.

Battle Point Park is located at 11299 Arrow Point Drive NE.

For details see www.biparksfoundation.org.

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