A former torpedo warehouse, built in 1901, still stands in the park. It was later an officer’s club, a barracks and a mess hall, and is now a picnic shelter in the day-use area. The small concrete building east of the torpedo warehouse was originally used as a mining casement, and later for coal storage.
Approach: Easy gravel and sand below the low bank.
Location: Manchester Park is on the western side of Rich Passage, directly across from the south-western shore of Bainbridge Island. Sites are in the wooded area above the lawn between the day-use restrooms and wooden picnic shelters.
Hazards: Watch for ferries. Exposed mud flats at low tides.
Water: Available in the day use area
Sanitation: Day-use toilets and showers ($0.25/6 min), closed in winter
Overflow: In the rest of the campground
Fires: No open fires allowed.
Extras: Picnic shelters, volleyball court and interpretive nature trail
Fees: $14/night for up to 8 in site
Special Considerations: Fragile environment. Avoid further erosion of the bank above the beach by using trail from beach to grass area to access sites.
Natural History: A U.S. Coast Artillery harbor defense installation was constructed on the property at the turn of the century for the protection of Bremerton. During World War II, the property was a naval fuel supply depot and fire-fighting station.