Bainbridge Island Parks
Maintaining beautiful parks and green spaces is important to the citizens of Bainbridge Island. Altogether, there are more than 25 local parks on the island, and many more open green spaces preserved for public enjoyment. From beaches to inland forests, Bainbridge Island’s parks have preserved the island’s special character for generations to come. One of the most beautiful parks on Bainbridge Island is Bloedel Reserve. Bloedel features several distinct gardens, ranging from a bird marsh and a classic northwest moss garden to an impeccably manicured and award-winning Japanese garden.
Not too far away from Bloedel Reserve, you’ll find the popular Fay Bainbridge Park. This popular beach is located on the northeastern side of the island and offers sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. Another popular sandy beach on Bainbridge Island is Pritchard Park. Located on Eagle Harbor, this popular beach is a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic while you watch the Washington State Ferries come and go. It’s also the location of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.
Many of Bainbridge Island’s parks offer wonderful walking and hiking trails as well. The most popular walking trails are found at Ford Ward Park on the south end of the island, the centrally located Grand Forest, and Gazzam Lake Preserve, also on the south end. Each of these trails offers glimpses into undeveloped Bainbridge Island. These swaths of undeveloped land serve as important habitat and provide a necessary sanctuary for wildlife. They also offer an escape into nature for islanders and visitors. Finally, we’d be remiss not to mention Bainbridge Island’s popular Battle Point Park. This park has a playground that is great for kids, and also has many of the islands sports fields. Beyond that, there is a wonderful gravel path around the edge of the park that is popular with walkers and runners, as well as a pond for quiet reflection.
Please visit the Bainbridge Island Parks website for more information.