FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2005
Coppo, Parks Planner, Facilities, Parks and Recreation
Parks, Recreation and Open Space Planners Seek Updated
New Randomized Survey Sent to 4,000 Households
PORT ORCHARD, WA—Parks planners
for the Kitsap County Department of Facilities, Parks and Recreation have
started a process to update the county's Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Plan. As part of this update, the county will contact 4,000 citizens by mail
this week, asking them to complete a 15-minute survey and return it no later
than December 9, 2005.
The survey is being conducted by Edge Communications, a South Kitsap citizen
involvement consultancy, and utilizes a scientifically selected, randomized
list. Edge will translate the responses of this representative group of
survey takers into data compiled countywide and by district to compare
findings with those findings collected by the county in June 2000 and with
other pertinent survey information collected. Citizens can review the county
findings when they are presented to the public at a meeting slated for
Parks planners, working with the County Park and Recreation Advisory Board,
will use survey responses, together with input from public meetings and
inventories of existing county managed open space, park and recreation
facilities, to identify park and recreation needs throughout the county.
Once needs have been identified, staff will outline a six-year plan to meet
those needs. The plan will be put before the Board of County Commissioners
for their approval later in the year.
Once completed, the update to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan will
serve as a long-range planning document that articulates a twenty-year
vision for the county park and open space system and establishes the future
direction and priorities for Kitsap facilities and parks for the next six
years. In addition, the plan will establish policies for future land
acquisition and development and set into motion implementation plans for
fulfilling its recommendations. The plan also qualifies Kitsap County to
apply for state and federal grants related to parks and open space.
The plan was last updated in 2000, and first adopted in June of 1994. To
view the current 2000 version of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan,
For details about the
survey, contact Terrie Battuello, Edge Communications, at 360-536-2984. To
learn more about the update to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Plan, contact Joseph
Coppo, Parks Planner, at 360-337-5355.