Reconveyance of Newberry Hill Heritage Park Approved
(Port Orchard, WA)
– Kitsap County Commissioners voted to approve the
reconveyance of the last 315 acre parcel of Newberry Hill Heritage Park. The
completion, years in the making, allows the Department of Natural Resources to
reconvey the land to the County at no cost beyond staff costs related to the
process of transferring ownership. “This is very exciting news for the Central
Kitsap community. For generations to come, this Park will serve as a safe place
for families to come and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us,”
Comissioner Josh Brown stated.
The reconveyance now goes back to the Department of
Natural resources for their expected approval. Pending their approval, Kitsap
County Parks & Recreation takes over maintenance of the property and will begin
instituting its designed and approved multi-use trail system with grant money
provided to the Recreation and Conservation Office. The approved new trail
system will include horseback riding trails, hiking only trails, and will also
include the decommissioning of some of the trails that currently reside in a
wetland on the property.
The reconveyance is expected to be completed by the
end of the year. The construction and maintenance of the trails will be ongoing
by both the County and the Stewardship Committee. Funds are being raised now for
the completion of the wildlife viewing platform along with signs to be placed
throughout the trails.