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Parks board appoints new member

The South Kitsap Parks and Recreation District’s Board of Commissioner has appointed Port Orchard resident Mary Colborn to the seat left vacant by Steven Horn’s resignation in February.

The appointment follows closely behind a decision to dissolve the board and pass stewardship of the South Kitsap Community Park over to Kitsap County. Larry Walker, the boards chair, said the commissioners will maintain the park until the official transfer.

Colborn said Monday she will continue promoting the development of an environmentally sustainable community center — which could include a Boys and Girls Club, conference rooms and other recreational amenities — in the park.

Colborn said she wants to move the park past the unpleasant and painful conversations over the park in recent years and come up with a positive, community-based decision for the facility, based on ideas from the late Chuck Jeu.

Colborn, along with Amajin Architectures Principal Richard Swartz, approached the board earlier to promote the recreation center idea, and at that time they requested the board not dissolve.

She called the transfer of the park over to the county a hostile takeover, but said she mainly wants to move on from the negative conversations.

“We just really want to keep the idea alive of a recreational complex,” Colborn said.

Walker said Monday that the commissioners would continue maintaining the park and would not work on promoting the community center until after the official transfer of stewardship.

The commissioners will meet next on May 31 at 6 p.m. to discuss property transfer documents.

Walker said the commissioners will host a cleanup event at the park, and invite all the past commissioners to participate and celebrate the park.

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