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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: May 11, 2015
Contact: Jim Dunwiddie, Director
No: 2015-046

Horseshoe Lake Park open daily thanks to partnership

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Parks Department and Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District jointly announced the continuation of their partnership to provide public access to Horseshoe Lake County Park for the upcoming 2015 summer season. The popular park, located off Sidney Road in Port Orchard, is situated near the Pierce County line and was a victim of 2010 budget reductions when it was closed to the public for a period of time. In 2011, the successful partnership between Key Pen Parks and Kitsap County Parks was formed, with each agency agreeing to share daily maintenance responsibilities. The park will be open daily, daylight hours only, from May 15 through September 30, 2015.

“Horseshoe Lake Park is well used. It teems with activity on warm sunny days,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. “The dual responsibility for maintaining Horseshoe Lake Park is a great example of agencies working together on behalf of our communities.”

Both agency directors acknowledge the waterfront park serves as a regional facility, attracting visitors from both counties. 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 with the arrangement to keep the park open to the public and said the partnership with Key Peninsula has worked well over the years. He welcomed Key Pen’s offer to extend the season through September.

Key Pen Parks Executive Director, Scott Gallacher, noted his Park Board had expressed its desire to overcome jurisdictional lines to accommodate the regional residents’ leisure needs. He noted his organization, in turn, has partnered with the Peninsula Metropolitan 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 indicates Kitsap County Parks and Key Pen Parks wish to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship in the future to continue working together to achieve common objectives through shared maintenance responsibilities at Horseshoe Park without duplicative effort and expense. Maintenance supervisors from both counties continue to meet at the park regularly to insure all visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.

The 39-acre park offers access to the lake, a swimming area, walking trails, picnic areas, playground, an open playfield and restrooms. For more information, visit

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Last Updated: 
May 11, 2015