At their January 26, 2015 meeting, City Council authorized use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Supplemental Activity funds for the enhancement of Bainbridge Park. City Council directed staff to work with the community to develop a plan for park improvements, focusing on the west side of the park, to enhance the “family friendly” environment at Bainbridge Park. Following a Community Workshop and several City Council meetings, the City adopted the Bainbridge Park Master Plan (PDF) at the November 29, 2016 City Council meeting.
At the community workshops and public meetings that informed the Bainbridge Park Master Plan, the top citizen concerns regarding the park were safety and security. Suggestions to increase park safety and security included installing a perimeter fence, providing clear and concise signage stating the rules of the park, increasing active use of the park to discourage loitering and updating the park’s video surveillance capabilities. Updates to the park’s video surveillance system took place in mid-2016.
The Bainbridge Park Master Plan calls for improvements based on the community’s recommendations. The top priority improvements identified in the Bainbridge Park Master Plan include perimeter fencing and entrance signage. A multi-use pavilion to increase active use of the park is included in the next group of priorities. See the full list of improvement priorities on page 17 of the Master Plan.
The City will discuss options for these first phase improvements at the February 8, 2017 Public Works and Facilities Committee meeting (3:00 p.m. at Town Hall). If you’re interested in signing up to receive notifications as the work develops, view this link and follow the instructions to subscribe to the Bainbridge Park notification list.