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Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: May 30, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
(360) 337-4481
No. 06-41

County Proposes Settlement with South Kitsap Parks and Recreation District

PORT ORCHARD, WA—In an effort to settle a lawsuit between Kitsap County and the South Kitsap Parks and Recreation District, the county has submitted a proposal of settlement that would dissolve the district. Based on the terms of the proposal, the county would assume control of the park district properties and use and maintain these properties for park and recreation purposes. The county would also voluntarily agree to maintain the park for up to six months during the pending dissolution and would assume all currently existing leases or contracts.

Upon dissolution of the district, the county would agree to spend up to 2.5 million dollars over the next three years to construct improvements to the park, including ball fields and trails. The existing $49,000 election debt owed by the district would be resolved through the process. The park district holds elections every four years. The cost of those elections has added to the district’s debt each time and would likely continue to do so, increasing the debt. The district has tried to pay $1,000 per month; however, this was never agreed to by the county as the repayment.

“The families in South Kitsap have a strong desire to see the South Kitsap Park developed into a community gathering place for the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Patty Lent, District #3 Commissioner. “Kitsap County has the resources to make that happen and protect this property for future parks and recreation uses.”

The county would also propose to form an advisory committee to assist with long-range planning to determine the citizens’ vision for the park.

The deal was originally proposed to the district on April 3, 2006, with a response deadline of April 21 so that the county could apply for grant funding that could have potentially provided a significant level of additional funds to further improve or maintain the park. However, the park district has failed to respond to the proposal of settlement. 

As District #2 Commissioner Jan Angel stated, “the South Kitsap Park property is a real gem for our citizens, and it deserves to be developed in a timely manner. Since the park district has been unable to move forward on this project, they owe it to the residents to allow the county to come in and make that happen.”

To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Office, 
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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014