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Improvements due soon at South Kitsap Regional Park

South Kitsap Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, far right, led local residents on a walking tour of South Kitsap Regional Park last weekend to explain how the county plans to upgrade its facilities.   - Kaitlin Strohschein/staff photo
South Kitsap Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, far right, led local residents on a walking tour of South Kitsap Regional Park last weekend to explain how the county plans to upgrade its facilities.
— image credit: Kaitlin Strohschein/staff photo

South Kitsap Commissioner Charlotte Garrido attended two awareness-raising sessions this week about renovations for the 200-acre South Kitsap Regional Park, on the corner of Jackson and Lund.

The first meeting, held in the commissioner’s chambers, outlined the details of the plan.

During the second meeting, on Sept. 11, Garrido walked through the park, showing where the various new features would be installed and answering questions about the project.

Highlights for the project include installing a new skate park, improving the playground, adding and remodeling athletic fields as well as upgrading the park’s trail system.

Two-thirds of the land will remain a natural forest, with paths.

The final plan for the park is slightly different from an original master plan adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in December 2008, following about a year of meetings and focus groups.

The new plan is “much more modest and cost-effective” than the previous one, said Martha Droge, the project coordinator.

Droge also said the new plan was much more realistic than the previous one according to extensive feasibility studies about the land.

Kitsap County provided $1.09 million in funding for the project and $500,000 came in the form of a grant from the Recreation Conservation Office Local Park’s Category.

When the project is done, rental fees for the park’s athletic fields should pay for its maintenance, Droge said.

Kitsap County Parks and Recreation is currently seeking funding for additional park improvements including picnic shelters an additional restroom, additional athletic fields and an environmental learning center.

Garrido said she still welcomes suggestions to tweak minor details about the plan.

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