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Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: August 13, 2007
Contact: Chip Faver
Phone: (360) 337-5355
No. 07-59

New Kitsap County Parks Sustainability Task Force created to help determine the future of Kitsap County parks and recreation programs

PORT 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 force members:

Anne Blair, Bainbridge Island, administrator of the Kitsap Public Facilities District
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 directors
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 director
Mary McClure, Kingston, Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council executive director
Kathleen Simpson, Long Lake, certified public accountant and active youth sports leader
Frank Stowell, Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County Parks Advisory Board vice chair

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 here.

To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Officer, 
call Clarence Moriwaki at 360-337-4481 or email:

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014