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Park plan rough draft expected next week

The South Kitsap Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners’ meeting Thursday night was infused with an optimism rarely felt in recent years.

After years of debate, the board’s master plan for South Kitsap Community Park may be just a few weeks away.

“I feel we’re making good progress,” said Commissioner John Palo, who chairs the Master Planning committee and had promised to have the plan completed by the time his children returned to school in September.

Palo told the board on Thursday it was possible a rough draft of the plan would be ready for its administrative meeting on Aug. 25.

“We have a lot of people working on it,” Palo said.

According to Palo, committee members are working individually on behalf of the master plan, “taking action on various items.”

Palo said at least 21 items have been given consideration so far. There has been an analysis done to assess the physical facilities in nearby areas and steps have been taken to ensure there is no duplication. Also, Palo said committee members have spoken with representatives from all the senior housing facilities in the area, obtaining insight into what would be beneficial for the senior community.

This is good news to the board as it

continue to weigh the possibility of the Washington State Renaissance Fantasy Faire becoming a permanent tenant of the park.

Board chairman Larry Walker also reported that several commissioners have visited the Faire, currently underway this month in Gig Harbor, “on (their) own dime.”

The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce’s tourist committee expressed its support for bringing the Renaissance Faire to South Kitsap Community Park in a written letter read aloud by Walker. The letter stated the committee had voted unanimously to support the Faire, citing its power to bring tourists into the community.

With the Karcher Creek Sewer District’s biosolids pilot project getting ready to set up shop in the park and the warm conclusion of this summer’s Sunday Concerts in the Park Sunday, the board is ready to tackle its next summer project — the Sept. 11 Folk Fest.

The board will meet again on Aug. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Karcher Creek Sewer District’s conference room for its monthly administrative meeting. The Master Planning Committee continues to meet Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. at the KLS site in South Kitsap Community Park. Those planning to attend meetings are encouraged to bring lawn chairs since seating at the site is limited.

For more information call (253) 857-2108 or visit http://www.skparks.org.

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