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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: April 1, 2014
Contact: Dori Leckner, Kitsap County Parks & Recration
  360.337.5362 or
No: 2014-031

County parks open today!

(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County Parks maintenance staff and volunteer stewardship groups are busy preparing for the high traffic months during the spring, summer, and fall. Trails have been cleared by staff and volunteer stewardship groups, restroom repairs have been made, pruning has been completed, downed trees cleared, and on April 1 the parks opened for public use for the season (except Horseshoe Lake which will open on May 16).

Dori Leckner, Parks Superintendent of Resources, reminds the public that "swimming beaches are not guarded, so they should swim at their own risk and parents should keep a close watch on their children." To help keep children safe, the Parks Department is again partnering with Kitsap Safe Kids Coalition, Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Long Lake Bass Club, Kiwanis Club of Silverdale, Kitsap County Medical Society, Boy Scouts of America, and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital to provide life jacket loaners at the lake parks. Life Jacket Kiosks are set up at Long Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Wildcat Lake, Island Lake, and Buck Lake parks. Ms. Leckner also asks that the public assist the department in keeping a check on vandalism. “A simple call to the sheriff when someone is mistreating the park will help keep vandalism at a low and park use at a high,” says Leckner.

Although the Parks Department no longer provides recreation programming, there are lots of activities people can print out and do on their own if they visit the Parks Department’s website at

Kitsap County Parks Department’s mission is to provide quality of life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, foster community stewardship, and offer an outstanding service-oriented environment.

For additional information about the county parks opening or the life jacket loaner program, contact Dori Leckner at 360.337.5362 or

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014