Horseshoe Lake Park open daily due to partnership
(Port Orchard, WA)
Kitsap County Parks Department and Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District
jointly announced the continuation of their partnership to provide public
access to Horseshoe Lake Park for the upcoming 2014 season. The popular park
off Sidney Road, Port Orchard, situated near the Pierce County line, has
been a victim to budget reductions since 2010. The successful partnership
between Key Pen Parks and Kitsap Parks calls for each agency to share in
daily maintenance responsibilities. The park will be open daily, daylight
hours only, May 16 through September 30.
Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido had introduced the respective
agency directors as both acknowledged that the park serves as a regional
facility, attracting visitors from both counties to the waterfront park.
Kitsap County will continue to manage the park, provide all services
throughout the season and be responsible for daily maintenance Fridays
through Sundays and holidays. Kitsap County Parks Director Jim Dunwiddie is
pleased of the arrangement to open a park to the public throughout the
season has worked well during the past seasons. He welcomed Key Pen’s offer
to extend the season through September.
Key Pen Parks Executive Director, Scott Gallacher, noted that his Park Board
had expressed their desire to overcome jurisdictional lines to accommodate
the regional residents’ leisure needs. Mr. Gallacher noted that his
organization, in turn, has partnered with the Pen Met Parks District to make
the recreational asset available to the region. The two Pierce County-based
agencies will clean the area four days a week.
The partnership agreement notes that Kitsap County Parks and Key Pen Parks
wish to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship by which they may in the
future work together to achieve common objectives through shared maintenance
responsibilities at the Park without duplicative effort and expense.
Dunwiddie and Gallacher both noted that each of their maintenance
supervisors continue to meet at the park, to insure that all visitors have a
safe and enjoyable experience.
The park offers access to the lake, swimming area, walking trails, picnic
areas, playground, open playfield, and restrooms..
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