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Posted on: April 12, 2022

State Parks hosts in-person and virtual public meeting on Bainbridge Island

Planners will discuss facility improvements at Blake Island Marine State Park

OLYMPIA – April 20, 2022 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a hybrid in-person and virtual public meeting on Bainbridge Island to learn more about planned facility improvements at neighboring Blake Island Marine State Park. 

The in-person meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. North (Driving directions.) 

Participants can also join the meeting on-line at the following link: https://bit.ly/3vwfLnh

Virtual attendees do not need to download Microsoft Teams to join. They will need a web browser and speakers to watch and listen to the presentation.
Anyone needing special accommodations for the meeting may contact Sanh Ho at sanh.ho@parks.wa.gov or 360-725-9756. 
Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/Voice communication.

During the meeting, State Parks staff will present a project overview followed by a discussion on three site development alternatives for Blake Island. Afterward, planners will staff three information stations where attendees can provide input on the alternatives. The feedback staff receives will help decision makers choose the most appropriate alternative. 

The intent of a predesign phase such as this is to explore alternatives for a proposed capital project before the project is funded. 

This specific project seeks to consider ways to: 

  • Support larger vessels in the Blake Island marina and keep the marina usable for commercial and public users.
  • Develop a long-term solution to providing boat launch at Blake Island for State Park’s marine crews.
  • Continue to connect the public through facility development with Blake Island’s natural and cultural heritage by providing recreational and educational experiences, consistent with State Parks’ mission.

 The predesign report will compare three potential alternatives:

  • Alternative 1 – No Action. This alternative assumes that no improvements would occur within the marina basin or adjacent upland area.
  • Alternative 2 – Reconstruction. This alternative maximizes moorage in the existing marina through a new dredge design and efficient marina float layout. It improves safety and access within and adjacent to the marina. 
  • Alternative 3 – Expansion. This alternative expands the marina to the west, expanding the dredged moorage basin to accommodate more and larger vessels. It improves safety and access within and adjacent to the marina. The entrance channel is reoriented to improve sight lines and boating safety. 

For more information, please see the webpage https://bit.ly/3K9OAVr, or contact Project Lead, Sanh Ho, at (360) 725-9757 or by e-mail: sanh.ho@parks.wa.gov, or email Parks Planner, Michael Hankinson at michael.hankinson@parks.wa.gov.

News media contact:
Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner, michael.hankinson@parks.wa.gov
Meryl Lassen, Communications Consultant
media@parks.wa.gov 

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About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. 

News release number: 22-020
 

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