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Phone: 360.337.4598
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 31, 2007
Contact: Clarence Moriwaki
Phone: (360) 337-4481
No. 07-
75

Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Sustainability Task Force presents “Report of Recommendations” to help chart the future of Kitsap County parks and recreation programs

PORT ORCHARD, WA—After an aggressive six-week schedule and subsequent follow-up meetings, today the select Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Sustainability Task Force presented the Board of County Commissioners a ten-page “Report of Recommendations” for the Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Department.

“We all enjoy and cherish Kitsap County’s great parks and recreational opportunities, and we believe that these recommendations from the task force could truly improve their viability and resilience for years to come,” Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Sustainability Task Force chair Patty Lent said.
The document lists nine observations that assess the current state of affairs of the Parks and Recreation Department, and each observation offers recommended solutions.

Some of the major recommendations of the task force included:
· Creating a master maintenance and operations plan for all county parks and related facilities
· Developing a process for financial tracking and performance reports
· Review and revise the policies for fees and rates that have not increased since 2003
· Update the county’s web site to include on-line registration
· Make the Kitsap County Events Center at the fairgrounds into a unique unit with fees generated to support its own operations and maintenance
· Shifting the county’s focus from offering recreation programs to becoming a regional coordinator and facilitator of duplicative and existing public and private recreational offerings
· Suspend the Holidazzle event for 2007, saving $20,000 or 7% of the county’s overall recreation budget
· Review the current inventory of parks for viability, maintenance and overall benefit
· Increasing the role of the existing Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
 
The full report can be found on the Kitsap County Website at: http://www.kitsapgov.com/pdf/2007_kcpr_recommendations.pdf
With the $4 million budget shortfall facing the Kitsap County general fund, budget cuts being considered pointed to discretionary – or elective – departments such as Parks and Recreation, the largest among the county’s few non-mandated programs.

The task force was established on August 13, 2007 to advise the Board of Commissioners with short and long term strategies for the future of the Parks and Recreation Department.
The nine-member panel began meeting on August 15. Chaired by former Central Kitsap County Commissioner Patty Lent, the task force included:

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.
 


To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Officer, 
call Clarence Moriwaki at 360-337-4481 or email: cmoriwak@co.kitsap.wa.us

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014