City of Bainbridge Island Public Works Director
Bainbridge Island, with a population of over 23,000, is a scenic 35-minute ferry ride from downtownSeattle. Located in the heart of Puget Sound on the Kitsap Peninsula, the Island is a vibrant and diversecommunity with 53 miles of shoreline. Rich in history, culture and natural beauty, the Island is home toan eclectic mix of farms, wineries, hiking trails, museums, one-of-a-kind shops, and local arts.With stunning views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascades to the east,Bainbridge Island is the closest getaway destination by ferry from Seattle. Residents and visitors alikeenjoy the best of scenic, small-town charm. Bainbridge Island successfully blends its Pacific Northwestheritage with a casual, artistic, and forward-thinking sensibility.While working farms and grassy meadows still dot this friendly island, several harbors provide theIsland with a strong boating community boasting marinas, yacht clubs, and moorage facilities.Woodland trails, waterfront parks, and miles of beautiful rocky shoreline with natural harbors provide both water-related and land-based recreation for all generations. Kayaking, canoeing, and sailing aresome of the more popular outdoor sports.Bainbridge Island is home to the internationally renowned 150-acre Bloedel Reserve, a bountifulfarmers market, artistic venues, numerous parks, and two golf courses. The new Bainbridge IslandMuseum of Art opened in June 2013, and joins the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and KidsDiscovery Museum as a cultural entertainment destination.Residents hold protection and conservation of the Island’s natural systems as a primary communityvalue. Islanders voted to tax themselves to purchase hundreds of acres of forests, meadows, beaches,trails, and public farmland to ensure the sustainability of environmental protections, communityrecreational access, and opportunity for local food sources.Incorporated in 1947 as the City of Winslow, the City ofBainbridge Island was established in 1991 as astrategy for dealing with island growth issues. Winslow, which at that time was two square miles with a population of 6,000, annexed the remaining 26 square miles of the Island’s unincorporated area. Thenow 28-square mile community has enjoyed a 43% population growth since 1991, is ranked 42 out of Washington’s 281 cities in terms of population, and was ranked by Money magazine in 2005 as one of the best places to live in the United States.Bainbridge Island has experienced growth primarily as a residential community with an active central business district and developed industrial areas. Employment opportunities on the Island come from amixture ofsmall retail, manufacturing, government, and healthcare. While Bainbridge Island enjoys adirect connection with Kitsap County via bridge, many Island residents commute to Seattle for employment using the nation’s largest ferry system.