Brief History

The Association of Bainbridge Communities (ABC) has been working to preserve Bainbridge Island’s natural environment since 1978. As dedicated citizens living on a beautiful island, we are interested in learning how we can actively protect and restore a clean and healthy environment. The Association often speaks out on proposed legislation and developments at City Hall. It sends land use applications to neighbors so they are aware of potential impacts. ABC was instrumental in initiating the cleanup of the Wyckoff creosote site (now Pritchard Park) and the Vincent Road Landfill. Along with its neighborhood groups, it successfully helped deny an 800-unit development in South Bainbridge in 1990 which eventually provided land for IslandWood and Blakely Harbor Park. More recently it has been involved in caring for the Waterfront Trail in Winslow. ABC published the book In Praise of Island Stewards and for 25 years a newsletter Scotch Broom. ABC has cosponsored the Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference for 13 years.