|| April 1, 2014
|| Dori Leckner, Kitsap County Parks &
|| 360.337.5362 or
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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