Acquistion of former Comcast Property Adds to Strawberry Hill Park’s Concept Plan; Trillium Run on Tap May 11

Our parks continue to grow. The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District recently added 9.2 acres to Strawberry Hill Park, acquiring the former Comcast (better known as Xfinity) property east of the park on High School Road.  

The $1.1 million acquisition is funded by a grant from the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation, the District’s fundraising arm.

Part of the nine acres, formerly owned by Xfinity (Comcast) adjacent to the park

Its adjacency to the park made it a natural property to acquire for park use, says Dan Hamlin, acting executive director for Bainbridge Metro Parks.  

Future uses will be determined through a public process, Hamlin says. The Park District has been developing a new concept plan for Strawberry Hill Park to meet demand for new and improved facilities, such as mountain trails and an expanded skateboard park.   

The Comcast property expands Strawberry Hill Park to 38 acres from its original 17 acres, following the acquisition of another adjacent 10-acre parcel, the former Hayashida property northwest of the park, in 2022. Both acquisitions were funded through private gifts to the nonprofit Parks & Trails Foundation.  

“We’re honored to play an essential role in expanding and enhancing Strawberry Hill, one of the community’s most beloved parks and so central to Bainbridge Island,” says Mary Meier, Parks & Trails Foundation executive director. “Our donors make it possible to act on these opportunities as they come up, and islanders will benefit from this acquisition for generations to come.”      

Strawberry Hill is one of the island’s oldest parks, established in 1966 on the former site of a Nike missile installation and before that, a historic agricultural district of Japanese American and Filipino American farmers. Current amenities include a recently expanded dog park, tennis courts, youth ball fields, a skate bowl, and indoor facilities. 

The Parks & Trails Foundation is now fundraising to build the new Strawberry Hill Bike Park there, on the former Hayashida property. 

Run for the trails! The Trillium Trail Run 10K/5K and kids’ Fun Run on Tap 

The Trillium Trail Run 10K/5K events, and kids’ Fun Run will be held Saturday, May 11. Runners and walkers will enjoy a scenic course from Battle Point Park, along the Forest to Sky Trail, looping among the great firs of the Grand Forest and over scenic Hilltop meadow, with a Fun Run in the park for kids. 

Runner takes water during a previous Trillium Run

The event is hosted by the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation, which is using it to launch the Foundation’s “Trails Connect Bainbridge Island” campaign, to acquire, build and maintain new trails around the island including: the Lost Valley Trail, nexus of the east-west, cross-island trail route from Winslow to Gazzam Lake; the Dolphin Drive to W. Port Madison Trail; the Sunny Hill to Nutes Pond Trail; and the Waypoint Woods Gateway Trail. All race proceeds benefit trail development. 

“Trillium blooming along our trails heralds a beautiful Bainbridge Island spring,” says Mary Meier, Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation. “This year’s Trillium Trail Run welcomes runners and walkers to enjoy a fun morning on our trails, while supporting more trails across the island.” 

Early-bird registration with a course map for the timed event is now underway by visiting:  www.trilliumtrail.run. Cost is $35 for the 10K run and $30 for the 5K run, with all proceeds supporting trail projects on Bainbridge Island.   

Early registration closes at midnight May 8, although runners can also register day of race beginning at 8:15 a.m. Race Day registration is $45 (10K) and $40 (5K).  

Race packets, including timing chip-integrated bib, will be distributed the morning of the event. The race begins at 9:30 a.m.  Race-day highlights include a free Fun Run and activities for kids, music and refreshments. Come for the race, stay for the fun!  

The 2024 Trillium Trail Run is sponsored by Wildernest, Bainbridge Ultra Running Team and the Metro Park & Recreation District. Local businesses can become a race sponsor by contacting Mary Meier, mary@biparksfoundation.org or 206.842.4971. 

Register for the race at www.trilliumtrail.run.

Source Material provided by the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks District and the Parks & Trails Foundation. 

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