Kitsap County News

Ribbon-cutting celebrates new picnic shelter in Wildcat Lake Park6/7/2018

Kitsap County will host a ribbon-cutting at the Wildcat Lake Park Picnic Shelter at 10 a.m. June 21 to celebrate the completion of the new structure. Kitsap County Commissioners Ed Wolfe and Rob Gelder, along with Lisa Ballou of the Kitsap Tri Babes, invite the community to join them in welcoming these newest improvements to the 11-acre Wildcat Lake Park, which is located at  9245 Holly Road NW in Central Kitsap.

This picnic shelter project was a collaborative effort with community partners including the Kitsap County Parks Department, the Tri Turtle Babes (a women's group that trains for triathlons), the U.S. Navy and the Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust team. The new covered shelter is 36 feet x 30 feet in size and includes picnic tables, a large barbeque grill, and amazing views of Wildcat Lake.

The shelter will be available for public use seasonally as a location for neighborhood meetings, summer camps, birthday parties, family events and community gatherings. Residents will be able to reserve the space in advance through the Kitsap County Parks Department.

"I am very proud of this great improvement to Wildcat Lake Park that meets the needs of our community," said Commissioner Wolfe. "This is another excellent accomplishment in our county parks resulting from a cost-effective collaboration for public benefit."

Kitsap County Parks Superintendent of Parks Resources Dori Leckner acknowledged the many volunteer hours contributed by the U.S. Navy and others that kept the project moving towards completion and reduced costs. "This is a vision of our department to continue to make improvements to county parks for the enjoyment of our patrons. We are very fortunate to have a community that will help us by getting their hands dirty to see a project like this through."

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