PARK AREAS STATUS UPDATE

            • Kitsap County Parks continue to modify operations in response to State and Federal guidelines on public park use and to address projected budget reductions. 

              * All exterior restrooms are being sanitized daily and are now open during normal park hours.
              * Effective July 23, Horseshoe Lake County Park will be open daily, from dawn until dusk, through Labor Day.

              For those enjoying any one of the county systems 73 parks, people are asked to continue following safe social distancing guidelines and protocols to promote safe and respectful use of the parks.  Keep six feet between you and anyone who doesn't live with you. Bring gloves and facemasks to maintain safety and social distancing.  Leave at least one parking space between vehicles and boat trailers and only launch one boat at a time. 

Find out more about recreating responsibly in Kitsap County Parks!

For more information, please contact the Parks Department at 360-337-5350 or email at parks@co.kitsap.wa.us. Parks staff will make every effort to respond to inquiries in a timely manner, however, a delayed response could be experienced due to limited staff availability.

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 Parks News

  • Conservation Futures Grant Update

    Early this year, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners announced that the County would consider applications for land and/or conservation futures acquisition during the year through a competitive process and will distribute up to $300,000 of conservation futures tax revenue to eligible projects and organizations. Those entities include Cities, Metropolitan Park Districts, Metropolitan Municipal Corporations, Nonprofit Historic Preservation Corporations, and Nonprofit Nature Conservancy Corporations or Associations. Click here to view more information on the Conservation Futures Grant.

  • Newberry Hill Heritage Park Update 

    The forested area just west of the Klahowya Secondary School entrance is still closed to the public for the ecological thinning operations.  Trail closures impact the following trails: Big Cedar, Bob Cat Run, Fly Eagle and Deer Loop.  Signs are posted at all trail entrances and in some cases, barricades have been placed to discourage entry as public safety is the top priority.  These trails will remain closed until mid-September.

    Deer Fern and Rhodie Hill trails are both open for public access

Port Gamble Harvest Activities Beginning

Active logging within Port Gamble Heritage Park set to begin immediately. Timber harvest will likely conclude by the end of September. Signage will be posted at impacted roads and trails prior to the start of logging activity. Please be respectful of harvest operations.

Click here for trail map.
Additional trail map.

Long Lake Cyanobacteria  (Blue- Green Algae) Warning

A cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) warning has been issued for Long Lake in South Kitsap. Please avoid contact with water in lake and keep pets out of the water until further notice. Signs will be posted at public access points. Click here for full press release.

Chico Salmon Park Temporary Closure

Kitsap County Public Works, in partnership with the Suquamish Tribe, are constructing a new bridge on Golf Club Hill Road at the Chico Creek crossing to replace the existing box culvert to restore natural habitat and enhance fish migration. The project is scheduled to be completed October 2020. The park will be closed for the remainder of the project to ensure public safety. Click here for full press release.

Update on the Kitsap Fair and Stampede

After considerable research and discussion, the Board of the Kitsap Fair and Stampede has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Fair until August 25-29, 2021.

The Board reviewed all options related to COVID 19 guidelines, the health and safety of our volunteers, exhibitors, entertainers, and visitors before making the decision not to have an event this year. The strict guidelines set forth by the State and the CDC are financially impossible for us at this time.  Additionally, after discussion with our volunteers, vendors, exhibitors and contractors, everyone felt it prudent to err on the side of safety and start anew in 2021.

The Kitsap Fair and Stampede has been a great tradition in this county for over 60 years and the Board is committed to bringing the best Fair experience to the county in the future.  We will be back.  We will be bigger, and we will be stronger. 

Thank you to all of our partners, sponsors and everyone who has helped us produce the best event in the county.  We are deeply saddened by this decision but sincerely feel it is the best for all concerned.  We look forward to bringing you a safe and outstanding Fair and Stamped in 2021.

In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to visit our website at www.kitsapfair.net and our Facebook page, Kitsap Fair and Stampede.  We will post updates and information as we move forward with the 2021 Fair. We’ll see you there!

Volunteer Program Update

Taking into account the extension of Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" orders, all work parties and stewardship meetings will remain cancelled. The Kitsap County Parks Department is working to develop protocols that will allow the reopening of its volunteer program including social distancing plans, sanitation of tools, pre-registration for work parties, and limiting participation of work parties to five or less once the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" orders are lifted. Updates on the volunteer program will be posted here. Click here for more information on volunteer opportunities. 

  • North Kitsap Heritage Park Draft Stewardship Plan & Public Comments

    The North Kitsap Heritage Park Stewards presented a Draft Resource Stewardship Plan to County Parks Advisory Board in 2019. In response to 200+ public comments, a revised Plan is being reviewed with regards to the issues, concerns and perspectives received. A Final Draft Plan will be reviewed by the Stewards and Parks Advisory Board. Click here to view November 2019 Public Comments.


South Kitsap Regional Park Shelter

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Construction of the new park shelter at South Kitsap Regional Park has begun! The improved 30ft x 36ft shelter will be available to the community this summer.


​Guillemot Cove Park Closed Until Further Notice

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Due to recent weather, Guillemot Cove is experiencing flooding and unstable road conditions. Park closure notices will be posted upper parking lot and trailheads.


Update on the Kitsap Fair and Stampede

The Kitsap Fair and Stampede Association was formed this past January to take over the responsibility of producing the annual Kitsap Fair and Rodeo. This is a newly formed, non-profit organization that is governed by nine (9) recently appointed board members.  They come with a variety of experience in business, public service and public involvement.  The Board has recently hired two individuals with over 60 years of combined fair production experience; Randy Hatfield, Fair Manager and Cindy McKay Administrative Assistant.

The Board and staff are working hard on the preparation of the 2020 Fair and Rodeo. They anticipate a new web site will be up and running within a few weeks. In addition, the Fair will have a new Facebook page to keep everyone informed about upcoming meetings, fair programs, online ticket offerings and vendor participation.   We invite you to support the Fair and Rodeo by sponsoring an event or activity, volunteering, donating or just by attending the Fair and all of the different shows/activities that will be happening.

This year, Fair dates are August 26-30. There are several positive changes in store for the 2020 Fair and Rodeo and we are excited to bring them to you!  Stay tuned as this information will be released soon.  Fair admission is free again and, like last year, there will be a charge to attend the Rodeo, Extreme Bulls and D Derby. There will also be a free concert on Saturday of Fair.  An announcement about who will be performing will be coming soon.

We are all dedicated to putting on the best Fair and Rodeo for the citizens of Kitsap County and the surrounding region and preserving it for future generations. For information, you may email us at kitsapfair2019@outlook.com or call 360-337-5386.


PORT GAMBLE FOREST HERITAGE PARK
KPUD WATERMAIN PROJECT
Port Gamble Foreste Heritage Park Kitsap PUD will begin construction of Kitsap’s Regional Drinking Water Infrastructure. This infrastructure provides sustainable water supply to central and north Kitsap County, while providing improved ability to manage water resources for the benefit of people and fish. Trail users will experience a slight inconvenience during the construction which is expected to run through March 2020. Please avoid affected trails during construction. Click here to see construction notice flyer.
CHICO SALMON PARK - CHICO CREEK BRIDGE PROJECT

Chico Salmon ParkOctober 29, 2019 - The trail and the park will reopen during the winter suspension phase of the bridge project. The Kitsap County Public Works, in partnership with the Suquamish Tribe, are constructing a new bridge on Golf Club Hill Road at the Chico Creek crossing to replace the existing box culvert to restore natural habitat and enhance fish migration. The project is scheduled to be completed October 2020. Click here for full press release.

COULTER CREEK HERITAGE PARK
Coulter Creek Heritage ParkThe Parks Department has prepared a draft Resource Management Plan for Coulter Creek Heritage Park. The draft will serve as a foundation and reference for upcoming community meetings, beginning Fall 2019. After community review and comments, the Plan will be presented to the Kitsap County Parks Advisory Board, with an anticipated adoption early 2020.Click Here to view the Draft Coulter Creek Heritage Park Resource Management Plan
​​NORTH KITSAP HERITAGE PARK DRAFT STEWARDSHIP PLAN & PUBLIC COMMENT FORM

North Kitsap Heritage Park

The North Kitsap Heritage Park Stewards presented a Draft Resource Stewardship Plan to County Parks Advisory Board in 2019.  A public comment period completed in November 2019 received over 200 responses. Parks is updating the Stewardship Plan with regards to the issues, concerns and perspectives received. A Final Draft Plan will be reviewed by the Stewards and Parks Advisory Board. Click here to view November 2019 Public Comments.





 Parks Office


Director: Jim Dunwiddie

Office Hours:
Temporarily Closed to Public
(Staff available by phone and email)

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(closed on Weekends & Holidays)

Phone: 360.337.5350
Fax: 360.337.5385
Email: parks@co.kitsap.wa.us 

Office Location: 
1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd,
Bremerton, WA 98311

Mailing Address: 
614 Division St MS-1,
Port Orchard, WA 98366 

Athletic Fields Rain Line: 360.337.5350 ext. 6

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UPCOMING ADVISORY MEETINGS

Park Advisory Board MeetingsWednesday, July 15, 2020

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FACILITY RENTALS

Are you looking for a place to hold a meeting, wedding, birthday party or special event? We have facilities suitable for small and large events. We also have athletic facilities available.  Check out our facilities here.

EVENTS
Looking for something to do? Check out upcoming Events here.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES

Are you looking for ways to help improve our public parks and facilities? Contact us! For more information please contact our office at 360.337.5353 or parks@co.kitsap.wa.us

Kitsap County Parks Foundation

​The Kitsap County Parks Foundation provides an opportunity for those interested in donating money towards the betterment of the County parks. Donations, either general or project specific, will help improve the quality of your parks and enhance visitor experiences.

Thank you for considering a donation to the Kitsap County Parks Foundation. If you wish to support the parks in other ways please visit the volunteer link to see what opportunities may be available.