August 13, 2007
Contact: Chip Faver
Phone: (360) 337-5355
New Kitsap County Parks Sustainability Task Force
created to help determine the future of Kitsap County parks and recreation
ORCHARD, WA—With the $4 million budget shortfall facing the
Kitsap County general fund, budget cuts being considered are pointing to
discretionary – or elective – departments such as Parks and Recreation, the
largest among the county’s few non-mandated programs.
To help find ways to preserve the Kitsap County parks and recreational
opportunities beloved by residents and communities, the Board of
Commissioners today established a select Parks and Recreation Sustainability
Task Force that will advise the commissioners with short and long term
strategies for the future of the Parks and Recreation Department.
The nine-member panel will begin meeting on August 15 and work on a
comprehensive and aggressive schedule, providing a report and recommendation
to the Board of Commissioners by early October.
The nine-member Parks Sustainability Task Force will be chaired by former
Kitsap County Commissioner Patty Lent, who will lead the following task
Anne Blair, Bainbridge Island, administrator of the Kitsap Public Facilities
Danny Brown, Port Orchard, South Kitsap Rotary Club president
Thomas Jelcick, Hansville, retired Navy Region Northwest regional community
support director and former Monroe Parks and Recreation District board of
Carl Johnson, Silverdale, Central Kitsap Community Council chair, Central
Kitsap School District board member and Clear Creek Trail Project leader
Silvia Klatman, Port Orchard, Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce executive
Mary McClure, Kingston, Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council executive
Kathleen Simpson, Long Lake, certified public accountant and active youth
Frank Stowell, Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County Parks Advisory Board vice
The enabling resolution with members biographies are on the
Kitsap County website here.
A tentative schedule and agenda items are on available in PDF format