BI Parks passive, aggressive in summer plans

COVID unknowns mean it has to be flexible

  • Friday, May 7, 2021 1:30am
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The huge new ferry at the park. Courtesy Photo

The huge new ferry at the park. Courtesy Photo

Despite COVID unknowns, the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District has an ambitious schedule planned this summer.

But plans can change.

That’s why the Recreation Summer 2021 parks pamphlet is going mostly online this year at biparks.org. A limited number will be available in hard copy at the Aquatic Center.

The reason: If COVID-19 restrictions increase again, some of the programs may have to be canceled. With the online version, that information can be changed on a weekly basis.

Registration began this week.

Executive director Terry Lande says in remarks in the pamphlet that there can be increased recreation in Phase 3, the district has to be on alert and flexible in case that changes.

Some of the new activities include Family Beach Swim, Storywalks and new camps for Clay Play, Mural and Disc Golf, among many others.

The district is in need for workers for these activities: swim, camp, trails, gymnastics, and arts and crafts.

The parks district hopes to have Drive-In Movies starting Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. at Battle Point Park. Oldies like “Back to the Future” and newer ones like “Black Panther” are on the schedule. They are free, but you must register at biparks.org/register.

The Sounds of Summer Concert series hopes to return on Wednesday nights, also at Battle Point Park.

Summer Camps include everything from writing to mountain biking; classes for youth everything from pottery to rock climbing; Wilderness activities for youth to adults; and adult classes from stained glass to canine training.

The new Storywalks, working with the Bainbridge Island branch of the Kitsap Regional Library, will feature a different book and different park each month. Prizes are a part of it.

Some of the more interesting titles for activities include: Jurassic Explorers, Intergenerational Camp, Zombie Emergency, Gamers Lair, Doll Camp, Unicorn Meadow and Family Kickball. Sailing classes are also popular.

New restrooms can be found at many parks, but the biggest changes will be at Battle Point. A huge ferry boat is being constructed, along with a We Be Round Spinner, two swing sets and a wooden pier overlook.

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