Fay Bainbridge State Park will henceforth have one less word in its title. That deleted word is 'state.' The 17-acre waterfront park on Bainbridge's northeast edge was officially transferred from the state park system to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District on Friday.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Fay Bainbridge State Park will henceforth have one less word in its title.
That deleted word is “state.” The 17-acre waterfront park on Bainbridge’s northeast edge was officially transferred Friday from the state park system to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District.
“We received the governor’s deed 15 minutes ago,” said Terry Lande, Bainbridge park district executive director. “It’s very cool. It’s reality now.”
Park officials say they’ll make few changes in the way Fay is managed. The same is true for Fort Ward State Park, which is expected to come under park-district control by the end of the month. The parks total 154 acres.
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The park board voted to accept both parks Thursday.
The transfers are aimed at alleviating some of the state’s budget troubles. Handing off the park to Bainbridge will save the state about $150,000 a year.
Fay and Fort Ward will increase the Bainbridge park district’s acreage by about 11 percent.
“We’re getting geared up and real excited,” said Arlan Elms, park services director.
The district will begin maintaining Fay’s grounds Monday.
A few user-fee changes have been proposed for Fay, including a reduced rate for kayak campers and an hourly, rather than day-use, rate for the park’s two covered picnic areas. The district also is considering a new $5-per-night camping area for bicycle riders. Existing campsites with vehicle parking will remain $21 per night.