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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: May 15, 2015
Contact: Jim Dunwiddie, Director
Kitsap County Parks Department
360.337.5350 or
No: 2015-049

Kitsap County Parks Stewardship Program recognized with state award

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Parks Department recently received the Environmental Stewardship Spotlight Award from the Washington Recreation & Park Association. The commendation recognizes the county’s Parks Stewardship Program, which coordinates volunteers in Kitsap County parks including its large heritage parks.

“Kitsap County Parks Stewardship volunteers are THE backbone to the parks system. Without their tireless work, dedication and investment, we wouldn't have the recreational framework from which to enjoy these important elements of Kitsap quality of life," said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Board of Commissioners. Parks Director Jim Dunwiddie agrees, “Our community has benefited greatly through the unselfish volunteer time and energy, which has been vital to the recent successes of Kitsap County parks.”

Stewardship volunteers accomplish many tasks including boardwalk construction, invasive species removal, natural resource inventories, trails maintenance, wetlands restoration, building kiosks and benches, serving as lighthouse docents, and much more.

In 2014, 365 park volunteers, not including 30 groups of anywhere from four to 150 individuals participating in work parties, contributed over 20,000 hours of service to support county parks. Using the Independent Sector’s estimate of $26.72 as the value of a volunteer hour in Washington state, Kitsap County parks stewards contributed well over $1/2 million of added value to the department and community, helping to maintain over 7,000 acres.

Parks Stewardship Coordinator Lori Raymaker commented, “This program would not be possible without the support and guidance of all involved – including the County Commissioners, all Parks staff, and the volunteers themselves! Thanks to everyone for your contributions to such an amazing program.”

For more information on volunteering in county parks, trail maps and , visit or call 360.337.5350.

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Last Updated: 
May 15, 2015