Bainbridge parks no longer allowing vehicle access

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:04pm
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Bikers and walkers are welcome, but leave the car at home.

Bainbridge park officials announced Tuesday that the park district has shut off vehicle access to parks on the island.

The move follows Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, a proclamation announced late Monday that encourages people to stay home, avoid gathering in groups, and adhere to proper social distancing guidelines.

Officials with the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District have also said other park facilities will no longer be open to the public, including all bathrooms, playgrounds, camping areas, dog parks, disc golf, tennis and pickleball courts, water drinking stations, and sports fields.

In a message Tuesday, the park district said facilities are being closed for the length of the proclamation “for the safety of our users and staff.”

Parks will still be accessible for people walking and bicyclists.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kitsap County rose to 21 on Tuesday, when officials with the Kitsap Public Health District announced another Bremerton resident in their 20s had recently tested positive for coronavirus.

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