PARKS MISSION

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.

 PARK NOTICES

Facility Reservations at Capacity

Kitsap County Parks Department facility reservations are at capacity for 2022. We are now taking reservations for 2023. 



Field Conditions and Rainout

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 PARK NEWS & UPDATES

Coulter Creek Heritage Park Planning Meeting

Please join us at the Long Lake Community Center on October 17, 2022 (6:00 – 8:00 pm) for 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.

Kitsap County Parks has begun building on excellent previous work conducted by Kitsap County Park’s Staff in developing a formal master plan for the properties that make up the Coulter Creek Heritage Park in South Kitsap. That work included inventorying property amenities and natural resources while developing a landscape classification system based on that information. This information is included within the Draft Resource Management Plan. We will discuss the report in detail at the kick-off meeting slated for October 17, 2022 (6:00 – 8:00 pm) at the Long Lake Community Center

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 an expected 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. 

Please join us at the Long Lake Community Center on October 17, 2022 (6:00 – 8:00 pm) to plan for this facility and what you’d like to see in this highly valued collection of lands that will serve the constituents of Kitsap County.

For questions or more information, please email Parks@kitsap.gov.


Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework revised draft released

Kitsap County Parks is pleased to present the revised draft of the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework, formerly known as the master plan. Edits are based on review, comments and suggested changes to the original draft framework received 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. 

Due to technical challenges, the documents could not be uploaded to the project site. Please note in the newly released draft documents, new text and changes made are indicated in red text within the documents. The original draft framework, comments matrix and frequently asked questions are posted and available on the project website here.

This revised draft framework will go before the Board of County Commissioners on August 22, 2022 for deliberations and potential approval.

Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework Draft August 2022

Executive Summary

Full Report

Appendices

View the project website for the background on this planning effort, maps and other reference materials by clicking here.


2022 Timber harvesting complete at Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park

Timber harvesting has been completed in Kitsap County's Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. Rayonier will conducted the harvesting and related activities inside park boundaries. Trails within or near timber harvesting activity are now open.

Rayonier maintains timber harvesting rights for portions of the heritage park through 2042, which was integral to the county purchasing the property.

Click here for a location map of the planned timber harvest.


Island Lake Park Fishing Pier

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.


Silverdale Waterfront Park - Bayshore, Washington & Byron Improvement Project

Click here for more information on the Bayshore, Washington & Byron Improvement Project.


Trail Closure at Guillemot Cove

The beach access trail is closed until required permitting and construction of an additional section of the boardwalk is completed. Please respect trail barriers and signs.


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.


 Parks Office


Director: Alex Wisniewski

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 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@kitsap.gov

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

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

  Kitsap County Parks Office

UPCOMING PARKS ADVISORY BOARD MEETING:


Wednesday, September 28, 2022 • 6 - 8:00 p.m. 

(Rescheduled from September 14, 2022) 

Click here for agenda packet

Click here to attend


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.