The Kitsap County Parks Department completed two grants this year that Parks officials say have huge impact on the environment and safety at the Kitsap Fairgrounds & Events Center. “The projects completed in these two grants have helped us clean up the water flowing off of the Fairgrounds and made the Fairgrounds safer for the over 200,000 people who visit it each year, including the 79,000 who visit during the fair," said County Commissioner Ed Wolfe. "This is so important as we continue to be the land of pristine waters and majestic natural beauty. The natural side of Puget Sound." Commissioner Wolfe added.
The Kitsap Conservation District partnered with the Parks Department on a Department of Ecology Grant for $608,350, including matching funds of $152,088, and took the lead in completing several projects aimed at cleaning up the storm water leaving the Fairgrounds and entering Pinch Creek, Barker Creek and Dyes Inlet. This grant ran from 2011-2015 and provided environmental improvements including:
- 2 new covered Waste Bins were installed and the large manure slab was covered in an effort to prevent manure from animal events getting rained on and leaching coliform bacteria into the stream system.
- 3 rain gardens were installed (2 at the Presidents’ Hall and one at the manure slab) to help filter water from roofs as well as from the large manure slab.
- 11,500 square feet of pervious pavement was installed around the barn area to assist in filtering the rain water before it enters the detention pond, which then flows into Barker’s Creek.
- Gutters were installed on most of the barns and 2 infiltration systems were installed to filter roof runoff at the Van Zee and Thunderbird Stadium. In all, over 100,000 SF of roof runoff is now being filtered before entering the creek system.
- Kitsap County Public Works also increased the size of the detention pond and planted it similar to a rain garden for better filtering of the water as it leaves.
This grant’s completion should significantly improve the quality of water leaving the fairgrounds both in terms of the turbidity and the level of fecal coliform bacteria from animal events and other nutrients that wreak havoc on the environment.
The second grant, provided by the Department of Agriculture focused on safety improvements to the Fair and Fairgrounds. This grant was for $100,000 with $50,000 of it being matched by the Parks Department . The match includes $30,000 in cash and $20,000 in-kind donations, including a volunteer labor match. Through resourcefulness, over 1,200 hours of volunteer labor, and over $25,000 of in-kind donations, staff and volunteers were able to complete 28 projects with this funding: Projects completed include the following:
- Four rotten light poles were replaced and the electrical panel at Thunderbird Stadium was upgraded to code.
- Installed a permanent hood system at the Crazy Eric’s booth in the Van Zee Building and purchased 3 portable hoods for use in the Van Zee for grease fryers.
- Installed emergency sirens and strobe lights in the 3 locker rooms at the Pavilion.
- The barbeque shack behind the Presidents’ Hall was completely rewired.
- Purchased and installed 3 Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED) in the most frequently used buildings.
- Completed a Fair, and Fairgrounds & Events Center Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan.
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