Bainbridge Island Review, June 13, 2014
June 13, 2014 edition of the Bainbridge Island Review
Review Bainbridge Island FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014 | Vol. 114, No. 24 | WWW.BAINBRIDGEREVIEW.COM | 75¢ Debate ends on Winslow sidewalks KURT’S FOREVER FIELD Merchants to keep a five-foot clearance for pedestrian traffic Ball field named in honor of departed Little League volunteer BY CECILIA GARZA Bainbridge Island Review BY BRIAN KELLY Bainbridge Island Review It wasn’t much of a softball field, until Kurt Lindsay stepped up to the plate. Actually, there wasn’t even a plate at the time. What later became known as Field 3 at Strawberry Hill Park wasn’t much more than a cow pasture. But earlier this week, just before the start of the Bainbridge Island Little League Majors softball championship game, a crowd of more than a hundred gathered to help dedicate the now well-used field in Lindsay’s name. Marked with a fresh new sign reading “Kurt Lindsay Field,” Monday’s dedication marked a first on Bainbridge Island. The ball field became the first sports field on Bainbridge Island to be named after a person, and the tribute was marked with tears and fond memories and many, many hugs Review file as a great group of Kurt Lindsay and his Lindsay’s friends and family — plus current daughter, Emma. and former softball players, coaches and Little League “old-timers” — gathered for the ceremony. Little League and Bainbridge parks officials said the honor was well-deserved. They recalled how Lindsay, who passed away in March 2011 at the age of 56, was a dedicated and tireless volunteer for the Bainbridge Island Little League. Tony Gaspich, head of the Bainbridge Island Little League’s softball program, said Lindsay exemplified what the Little League program is all about. “When you think about Little League ... you think about bats and balls and all that stuff,” Gaspich said. The purpose of Little League is much more, he said. It’s a program dedicated to helping youth become good and decent citizens. “I’ve seen lots of volunteers, and lots of excellent volunteers — past and current. A lot of them are TURN TO FIELD | A31 INSIDE: SENIOR SALUTE Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review Parks Commission Jay Kinney points out the many improvements to Field 3 made by the late Kurt Lindsay, a devoted Little League volunteer until his death in 2011. The debate over outdoor retail on downtown Winslow sidewalks has come to an end. In a narrow 4-3 vote, the Bainbridge Island City Council decided Monday to require shop owners clear a five-foot pathway for foot traffic outside storefronts. “I’d just like to point out that when we started this process, we recognized that what we’re trying to do is to strike a balance between encouraging something that contributes to a vibrant downtown and not unduly impacting the public use of the sidewalk,” said Councilman Val Tollefson. City staff asked the council earlier this year for policy direction on how to open Winslow’s sidewalks for more pedestrian flow amidst outdoor cafes and merchandise displays. The request came in response to scattered complaints submitted to the city over the past year. At the council’s direction, city staff have since written an ordinance that supports business on Bainbridge Island as-is. One exception: Business owners who want to utilize sidewalk space in the downtown area will now be required to fill out an application and pay an annual permit fee. In the application, the shop owners will be asked to detail the amount of outdoor furniture that will be placed outside the store front. The permit application also requires merchants to identify the hours when the sidewalks will be used by the business and where the furniture will be placed. As part of the permitting process, the shop owners must arrange displays and cafe seating to maintain a five-foot open sidewalk for pedestrians. TURN TO DEBATE | A31 Cecilia Garza | Bainbridge Island Review Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review Softball players from the Racers listen as officials rename Field 3 at Strawberry Hill Park after Kurt Lindsay. The Bainbridge Island City Council considers outdoor retail and cafes on downtown Winslow sidewalks. The council decided in a 4-3 vote Monday to adopt a permitting process and require shop owners to maintain a five-foot clearance for pedestrian traffic in front of storefronts.