The Kitsap County Parks Department is committed to providing quality-of-life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, fostering community stewardship, and offering an outstanding service-oriented environment.
Point No Point Park: Project Update
We are excited to provide you with an update on the Point No Point Park project, which aims to repair the damages caused during the 2022/2023 Winter season. In our recent public meeting held on June 20, 2023, we presented the project permitting pathway and discussed key highlights. We want to share these updates with you, as they provide valuable information about the project and the steps we are taking to restore the park.
The main parking lot at Point No Point Park remains closed. Please utilize the overflow parking area located along Point No Point Road.
The project focuses on addressing the specific damage that occurred along the north and east beaches at Point No Point Park during the recent Winter season. Our goal is to repair the park and restore it to withstand similar future storm events.
Collaboration with Regulatory Agencies:
We are collaborating closely with regulatory bodies responsible for overseeing work within the shoreline environment in Kitsap County, including the Department of Community Development (DCD), the Corps of Engineers, the Department of Ecology, WDFW, and local tribes. Project design concepts have been reviewed and supported by these agencies.
North Beach - Preferred Alternative:
Our preferred alternative involves replacing the materials lost during the King Tide event in late December 2022. This includes strategically placing fabric within the fill to combat erosion and retain the newly placed beach sand.
To provide additional protection against future events, we plan to construct a secondary dune closest to the intersection of the beach and NE Point No Point Road. This dune will be 2 feet higher than the beach sand placed in item #3.
Native Vegetation and Trail Pathways:
We will actively replant the repaired area with native vegetation and place large woody debris to stabilize the new material and prevent erosion. We will delineate specific trail pathways to guide visitors towards the beach to reduce trampling of vegetation. This will help promote the growth and re-establishment of vegetation along the shoreline.
Rock Revetment Replacement:
We will rebuild the old rock revetment that is currently allowing water to flow through the spaces between the rock onto the light house las. We will use the existing rock but rebuild the revetment to be stronger against future erosion events. We will also tie the end of the revetment into the North and East beaches in a way that will control against erosion.
East Beach - Addressing Low Spots:
We will fill in low spots along the East Beach of the park that were created due to foot traffic. Our modeling and survey work have identified areas that may be susceptible to future overtopping.
All the work outlined above is subject to approval from the regulatory agencies. They have emphasized that no work will exceed what existed at the site prior to the Winter Storm events without a full agency review. Our dedicated staff and design team are working tirelessly to acquire the necessary permits to complete the sand replacement work in September/October of this year. The remaining work will take place during the fish window in the 2024 construction season, pending timely agency approval.
We encourage you to reach out to Kitsap County Parks Staff if you have any questions or would like further information about the project and the ongoing work. We appreciate your interest and support in the restoration of Point No Point Park.
Click here to view the presentation from the meeting held June 20, 2023
For questions or more information, please contact Parks@Kitsap.gov.
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park - Restorative Selective Forest Thinning:
Trail sections will be CLOSED PERIODICALLY effective immediately until further notice, due to Restorative Selective Forest Thinning operations underway (map). Closures are in accordance with active work and may change day by day. Please adhere to trail closure signs for your own safety.
• Please exercise caution when entering the park through Bayview Trailhead on weekdays between the hours of 4am and 1pm.
• Large trucks will haul logs north on the G1000 and leaving the park using the Bayview gate/trailhead three to four times daily.
• By removing some trees in a densely packed forest, more sunlight can reach the forest understory to promote growth of diverse plant life and provide more habitat for wildlife.
Kitsap County Parks is pleased to present the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework. This framework is based on input from the public, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, focus groups, the Parks Advisory Board, the project steering committee, the Port Gamble Stewards, Kitsap County staff, and County Commissioners.
View the project website for the background on this planning effort, maps, and other reference materials by clicking here.
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework Documents:
Executive SummaryFull ReportAppendices
Please join us at the Calvinwood Lodge at 6838 Calvinwood Road SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366 (Lodge Near Wetland Complex) on January 30, 2023 (6:00 – 8:00 pm).
This will be a night of discussion as we present information on developing a formal master plan for the properties that make up the Coulter Creek Heritage Park in South Kitsap.
Before the meeting, we invite you to attend a facility tour from 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm.
This meeting will be in-person only, with no online feed due to the internet availably. This meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the Parks Department's website.
This next phase in developing the master plan outlines access points to the park, trailheads, trails, and other active/passive recreational areas. This work will be conducted along with the County’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) update for all County’s planning under the Growth Management Act, with a targeted completion date in December of 2023. Once drafted, Staff will begin working on the plan through the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Board of County Commissioners for final approval and to begin implementation, grant funding, etc.
Landscape Designations, Definitions and Draft Map
Draft Resources Management Plan
Forest Stewardship Plan
Recording of meeting #1 can be accessed online by clicking here.
Recording of meeting #2 can be accessed online by clicking here.
For questions or more information, please email Parks@kitsap.gov.
The fishing pier located at
Island Lake Park is currently closed due to damage received in the summer of 2021. The parks department will be assessing the damage for future repair. Please refer to the
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife for a list of alternate fishing locations and regulations.
Click here for more information on the Bayshore, Washington & Byron Improvement Project.
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.
Director: Alex Wisniewski
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(closed 12 - 1 p.m. and Weekends/Holidays)
Office Location: 1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd,
Bremerton, WA 98311
Mailing Address: 614 Division St MS-1,Port Orchard, WA 98366
The Parks Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Eagles Nest of the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and online via Zoom. Find more information on the Parks Advisory Board website.
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.