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.
              * Horseshoe Lake County Park will open Saturday, May 23, and will be open weekends and holidays through Labor Day, September 7.  
              * Off-leash dog parks located at Howe Farm, Bandix, and Silverdale Gateway Park will open Saturday, May 30.

              Visitors are advised to plan visits in advance as playgrounds, athletic fields, sports courts, and water fountains will remain closed. 

              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. 

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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

Newberry Hill Heritage Park Update

Of the three areas or units at Newberry Hill Heritage Park that were scheduled for ecological thinning, the trails in Unit 1, just west of the Klahowya Secondary School entrance, will be closed to the public starting on Thursday, May 28th. Tree felling and road maintenance will begin on Friday, May 29th.  These trail closures impact the following trails: Big Cedar, Bob Cat Run, Fly Eagle and Deer Trail.  Signs will be posted at the trails and in some cases barricades will be placed to discourage entry as public safety is a top priority.  These trails will remain closed until mid-August.

For Unit 2 off Deer Fern trail, the timber felling will be completed by Thursday, May 28th but logs trucks will still be loading out and hauling on Old Loop Rd through the first week of June. Park patrons will be able to resume the use of Deer Fern the week of June 8th.  KSS and Fire Trails (west of the cyclone fence/gate) will remain open providing access to the entire southern and eastern portions of the park.  Starting June 8, no logging trucks will be traveling on Old loop Parkway or entering though the Seabeck/Holly gate.

Unit 3 off Rhodie Hill trail is completed and the trail is now open for public access. 

Hansville Greenway Trail Closure - May 20 - June 26

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Due to active logging operations, two sections of trail in the southern section of the Hansville Greenway trail system will be closed to park users. The two sections of trail are located between trail markers 14 and 18 and the Hood Canal Drive trailhead and marker 16. All other trails continue to be open for the public to enjoy.

Parks Staff to Conduct Test Spraying


On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Kitsap County Parks staff will begin conducting test spraying of vinegar, dish soap and salt- based products at Anderson Hill Athletic Fields, Veterans Memorial Park, and the athletic fields at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in effort to control vegetation. Spraying of the environmentally based products (no chemicals or pesticides) will be conducted along fence lines of the athletic fields, backstops, and rocks around the athletic fields. Please contact the parks office for more information. 

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. 

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.

Update on the Kitsap Fair and Stampede


The Kitsap Fair and Stampede Association recently formed to take over the responsibility of producing the annual Kitsap Fair and Rodeo. This newly- formed, non-profit organization  is governed by nine (9) Board members, each bringing diverse experiences in business, public service, and public involvement. The Board has recently hired two individuals to produce the fair scheduled  August 26-30. For information, use the new website kitsapfair.net., email  kitsapfair2019@outlook.com, or call 360-337-5386.

  • 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 Meetings
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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Meeting ID: 874 5903 6298
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Call in option: 1-646-558-8656
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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.