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.
Location: Manchester Park is on the western side of Rich Passage, directly across from the southwestern 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 ($0.50/3 min, tokens available at the camp store), 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: $12/night for up to 6 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.