Island Tidbits: Madison Ave. Improvements, Earth Month Activities, Jazz for Bike Park, Women’s Clothing Equity, Daffodils’ Smile, and More

Non-Motorized Infrastructure Improvements Coming to Madison Avenue

If you’ve driven in or around Downtown Winslow lately, you’ve probably already noticed that work has begun on the so-called Madison Ave Non-Motorized and Sewer Improvement Bundled Project. The infrastructure project is expected to be completed in December of this year, just in time for the holidays. Improvements will occur between Winslow Way and Highway 305 on Madison Ave. There will be one-lane closures with flaggers throughout the day except near area schools during school start and stop times when two-lane traffic will resume.

New Look for Madison Avenue

Improvements Coming Include the following:

  • Wider sidewalks on east side of Madison Ave.
  • Dedicated and raised bike lane on east side of Madison Ave.
  • Revisions to ADA ramps on the west side of Madison Ave.
  • Sidewalk improvements near Sakai Park
  • Raised crosswalks with flashing beacons near Sakai Park and Kimiko Lane
  • Traffic calming
  • Sewer improvements
  • Roadway surface improvements

Learn More: Madison Avenue Bundled Project | Bainbridge Island, WA – Official Website (


Celebrate Earth Month on the Island with Any Number of Events
According to our friends at Sustainable Bainbridge, “Earth Month” helps raise awareness of and encourages involvement in Arbor Day and Earth Day events, while “inspiring people toward good environmental stewardship.” There are events and opportunities to get involved with during the month of April, from work parties, to trail walking, birding, classes and more! Some samples below:
  • Weed Warriors Forest Restoration work party Sunday April 14, 1 to 3 p.m. at Strawberry Plant Park, 240 Weaver Way NW on Eagle Harbor.
  • Moritani Preserve Work Party, Thursday, April 18, 10am-noon, at Moritani Preserve
  • Breakfast with the Birds, Friday, April 19, 7 am – 9 am, at Island Wood Campus
  • Trails Work Party, Saturday, April 20, 10am-noon, at Battle Point Park
  • Free Invasive Weed Disposal, Sunday, April 21, 10am-4pm, at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station
  • Earth Expo: Kid-friendly booths and volunteer projects, Saturday, April 27, 10am-2pm, at Battle Point Park
  • Mending Meet-up, Saturday, April 20, 5-7pm, Esther’s Fabrics
  • Free Invasive Weed Disposal, Sunday, April 21, 10am-4pm, at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station

For More Info on Earth Month Celebrations visit: Celebrate Trees! Earth Month Bainbridge Island – Sustainable Bainbridge

Jazz Night to Build Strawberry Hill Bike Park, April 18

Enjoy an evening of Live Jazz with island vocalist Jess Henderson and Friends, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Wing Point Country Club, a benefit to build Strawberry Hill Bike Park.

Tickets are $40 at The event includes fine food and beverage. The event is presented by the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation.

Jess Henderson Henderson, acclaimed Bainbridge Island jazz vocalist (and avid mountain biker), will be backed by her ensemble of Joe Rice (keyboard), Jaymes Dunlap (bass) and Ian Jones (sax and percussion). Expect a delightful set of jazz standards and favorites.

Your gifts on the evening help build Bainbridge Island’s first-ever bike park at Strawberry Hill. The Find out more:

The Strawberry Hill Bike Park campaign is sponsored by Brown Bear Car Wash.

About vocalist Jess Henderson: “A day without music is like… Just kidding, I have no idea.”  The T-shirt slogan above pretty much sums it up. This girl never stops singing. From early on she was performing in musicals, choirs, and vocal competitions, and then went on to study voice at Williams College and with a private teacher in Milan, Italy, followed by a graduate program at New England Conservatory. Jess digs into jazz standards, inspired by the freedom that comes from stretching rhythms and dancing around a melodic line.


“And it Has Pockets”: Free Lecture on the Battle for Women’s Clothing Equity 

How many times have you heard someone wearing women’s clothing exclaim, “And it has pockets!” Comparisons have shown that modern garments designed for women have about half the storage space of clothing designed for men.

The right to have pockets went hand-in-hand with the right to vote. And people today are still speaking out about the inequality between men’s and women’s clothing based on this simple storage system.

Join costume designer Diane Johnston to dig into the pockets of the past, tracing the history of the humble pocket to determine if the battle for equality may still be decided by a few inches of extremely influential fabric. The event will be held Sunday April 14, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the BARN.


Affordable Housing Discussion Monday April 15

Learn more about a proposed Affordable Housing Project at 625 Winslow Way E. There will be a presentation and Q&A Session. The event will be held on Monday April 15 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Public Library (1270 Madison Ave N.).


Smiling Daffodils Line Highway 305 

Maybe you have seen them, maybe you haven’t, but someone planted a string of Daffodils, one of our earliest spring flowers, in the shape of the word “Smile,” with a smiley face next to it, on the west side of Highway 305, at the corner of Sportsmen’s Club Road and Murden Cove. Was it workers from the state Department of Transportation, City of Bainbridge employees, or friendly volunteers?

Smile on 305We may never know, but we thank who ever did this kind deed for the effort and the smile it puts on our faces.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation recently wrapped up work at Murden Creek, an important salmon run for Bainbridge Island. The 16-month-long job improves access to 1.5 miles of potential fish habitat in Murden Creek, a tributary that flows into Murden Cove.

Since August 2022, crews removed a culvert beneath the highway that was insufficient for salmon, bull trout and steelhead migration into Murden Creek. Workers replaced the culvert with a new 120-foot-long bridge that allows the creek to flow naturally through the area. These improvements support the life cycle of every species of fish that spawns in the area, say DOT officials.

You may recall, the effort required a temporary bridge built around the work zone. Throughout the project, crews were able to keep both directions of traffic open on the highway.

This project was part of WSDOT’s program to remove barriers to fish under state highways.

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