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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: September 17, 2010
Contact: Rebecca Pirtle
District #1 Commissioner Liaison
(360) 337-4683,
No: 10-45

State Speaker of the House to visit Kingston
for Village Green update

Port Orchard, WA)- Washington State’s Speaker of the House, Representative Frank Chopp, will visit Kingston Sept. 23 to get a first-hand update on progress of development of the Village Green Community Park into a centrally located community center campus. State Representatives Sherry Appleton and Christine Rolfes and Kitsap County Commissioner Steve Bauer will be on hand to welcome him.

It was at Appleton’s urging that Chopp accepted the invitation to get reacquainted with the project. He came to Kingston in 2008 to learn about initial plans for a new community center, but since then planning has substantially moved forward and new partnerships formed to further develop the site.

The Village Green Foundation, a non-profit organization of Kingston community leaders, is developer of the future community center to be located in the county-owned 13.6-acre Village Green Community Park on West Kingston Road, which was formerly the site of Navy housing. The foundation and Bauer will meet with the legislators to give them details on the development and capital campaign to raise funds for construction. A community apple cider press will be held at 4 p.m. that same afternoon at the Village Green, and after a presentation at the current community center, the legislators will be accompanied to the park for a site tour to see how it was transformed through community volunteers after the Navy housing was demolished.

The foundation recently learned that its state Department of Commerce’s Building Communities Fund grant request, submitted this summer, was listed in 12th place amongst 22 applicants, a good position to receive funding. They hope this visit by state legislators, and especially Chopp who initiated the Building Communities Fund two years ago to construct multi-purpose community facilities across the state, will better their chances of getting the $1 million requested from the 2011 state budget.

The Village Green Foundation’s efforts to create a Metropolitan Park District were successful last month when a majority of voters in the greater Kingston area approved it. The MPD, governed by five publicly elected commissioners as a junior taxing district funded through property taxes, will conduct operations and maintenance of the community center and Village Green Community Park. The community center is planned to house a senior center, Boys & Girls Club, senior center, health services, commercial kitchen, historical and cultural displays and community meetings rooms.

Other development also planned at the Village Green park includes a 40-unit affordable senior housing complex to be managed by Martha & Mary and a new Kitsap Regional Library.

For more information on the Village Green Foundation or the Metropolitan Park District, visit


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