NB Kitsap Community
With so much to do and all within an hour’s drive, the West Sound will never leave you bored. You can go mountain biking, head to a museum, go scuba diving and more. If you’re hungry, you can find just about any food you’d like. There are restaurants serving world-wide cuisines, locally-owned breweries and eateries specializing in northwest fare. If shopping is what you like, you will find major chains and locally owned shops. One of West Sound’s greatest assets is the wildlife and scenery. Make sure to contact the local chamber of commerce to learn more about what our community offers.
Kitsap County’s population is approximately 250,000 and is one of the most temperate places on the globe. The average temperatures are 73 degrees in the summer and 42 degrees in the winter. Annual rainfall averages 44 inches, winters are mild and significant snowfall is rare. Kitsap County boasts the distinction of having the most saltwater coastline of any county in the U.S.
The community of Bainbridge Island is sought by families who desire a nurturing environment and great schools for their children, young professionals and active retired persons. They come for the rural solitude, the community feeling, the excellence in education and the parks and water views.
The population of the city is about 23,000. The annual growth rate has historically been about 1 percent per year.
In 1990, the city of Winslow annexed the entire island into its city limits. By vote of the residents, the city’s name was officially changed to the City of Bainbridge Island. The City of Bainbridge Island is the newest city in the state and the only rural city with farms and two former state parks. The city is governed by a city manager and an elected city council of seven members.
Pristine forests and parks abound on the island. The beaches, walking and bicycle trails, picnic areas and boat launches are heavily used by outdoor enthusiasts. Camping facilities are available. Eagle Harbor offers visitors a passing parade of world-cruising yachts.
For the sports-minded, the parks and recreation district offers 1,400 acres of parks and facilities. Soccer and softball fields, a public swimming pool, nature preserves, equestrian trails, tennis courts, picnic areas and play areas are just the start. The park district offers programs for team sports in softball, soccer, Little League and gymnastics. There are also numerous programs for outdoor hikes and nature study. The Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre preserve open to the public, combines natural woodlands and developed gardens. A walk through the quiet elegance of nature at its finest is a special treat, and reservations are no longer required.
Bainbridge Island is also home of Bainbridge Performing Arts, a well-known community theater group. Many contemporary plays are performed each year. Outstanding children’s performances are the culmination of many workshops designed to teach children the workings of the theater. Bainbridge Performing Arts shares its performing arts theater with other popular performers such as the Bainbridge Orchestra and the Chorale, which also perform regularly.
Many special events occur on the island throughout the year. A street fair, fun run and parade add to the celebration of Grand Old Fourth on July 4. In the spring there is a home and garden show, and in midsummer, a garden tour of the island. There is a popular summer festival of the arts as well.
Bainbridge Island School District includes one high school, one intermediate school, one middle school and three elementary schools. Visit its website at www.bisd303.org.
For more information, call the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce at 206-842-3700, visit its office at 395 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, or email email@example.com. The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce website is www.bainbridgechamber.com