An Island family recently purchased 8 acres in Winslow to develop a centrally located, community sports complex for kids and families. Site design and permitting is underway, and groundbreaking is planned for summer,
2024. A substantial portion of the
property could be made available for a new aquatic center—but Islanders will need to raise the money to build and operate the new pool.
If you are an Aquatic Center user (or the parent or friend of a user), you are
likely aware of the limitations and shortcomings of Bainbridge Island’s
existing aquatic facilities. These include:
Long waiting lists for swim lessons and practices.
Inconvenient practice times.
Inadequate training and competition facilities.
Inadequate locker room and dryland training facilities.
Failing infrastructure related to the 50-year-old Ray Pool.
For years, pool users have urged the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District Board to support the construction of a new community pool that could better serve the needs of Bainbridge and other Kitsap residents, but the Park Board voted in March 2023 to repair the Ray Williamson Pool for $3-5 million instead of pursuing a replacement. The Ray pool is the home site for Bainbridge Island High School Swimming, Diving, and Water Polo teams, as well as the Bainbridge Island Swim Club (“BISC”), the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters team (“BAM”) and Bainbridge Water Polo Club (“BWPC”). The planned
repairs will cause pool closures for many months but will do nothing to increase the size or capacity of the shallow, six-lane Ray.