A Chronology of Awarded Large Grants

The first Rotary Auction was held in 1960 to raise money to buy land for the Bainbridge Island Public Library.  Not only did this mark the beginning of a unique and revered community event, it also represented the first instance when the event’s revenues were used to support a major community project. Over the past 56 years, money from the Huney (Large Grants) Fund has been used to help provide a wide variety of projects that have vastly improved the quality of life on Bainbridge Island.  These projects include:

Purchasing land, facilities, and equipment for numerous parks and the Park District, such as:

  • Rotary Field Park – 1962, 2013 and 2015
  • Funding a ballot measure to create the Bainbridge Island Park District – 1965
  • Eagledale Park – purchase land – 1968
  • Strawberry Park:
    • Purchase land – 1968
    • Facility improvements – 1971
    • Addition of restroom facilities and Pee Wee field – 1989
    • Rotary Skate Bowl – 2001
  • Fort Ward State Park Boat Launch Ramp – 1972
  • Pritchard Park – 2003
  • Rotary Centennial Park – 2005
  • Bainbridge Aquatic Center:
    • Ray Williamson Pool – 2002
    • Don Nakata Pool – 2004
  • Battle Point Park:
    • Ritchie Observatory Building – 1990
    • Kids Up Playground – 2001
    • Transmitter Building – 2004
    • 2 new Soccer Fields – 2008
  • A movable stage for the Park District – 2009
  • The Waypoint – 2012
  • Owen’s Playground – 2015

 

Additional support for the Bainbridge Island Public Library, such as:

  • Furnishings for the Library – 1961
  • Remodeling the Library – 1981
  • Funding to help double the size of the Library – 1996
  • Refresh, Revitalize and Renovate Project – 2016

 

Other funded projects included:

  • Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
    • Move school building to current site –  1969 & 1970
    • Repair of building and heating system
    • Reference Library – 2003
  • Bainbridge Island Commons – Help with construction cost – 1994
  • Helpline House Storage Facility – 1989 and 1992
  • Boys and Girls Club help with construction cost – 2006
  • WWII Nikkei Internment and Exclusion Memorial – 2003
  • Children’s Museum – Improvements – 2003
  • Island Wood – 4thSleeping Lodge – 2008
  • West Sound Wildlife Shelter – install and improvements to donated building – 2008
  • Purchase of a new medical aid vehicle for the Fire Protection District – 1987
  • Morrow Manor (located in Poulsbo) – construction funding – 2016
  • Fort Ward Community Hall – construction funding – 2016