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SK Parks & Rec Board reviews its new master plan

Meeting for the second time in two weeks, the South Kitsap Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners reviewed the proposed master plan for South Kitsap Community Park Thursday and Board Chair Larry Walker said he hopes the plan will be finalized by February.

The plan, prepared by Commissioner John Palo and the Master Planning Committee, is the result of weekly meetings of the committee that spanned the greater part of the summer.

“What we’re doing now is we’re going through the entire master plan section-by-section,” Walker said. “We’re seeing if there’s any gross adjustments we need to do. We got about a third of the way through (the document) last Thursday.”

According to Walker, Thursday’s meeting was one of what will be several “discussion groups,” where commissioners discuss among themselves what needs to be changed in the document and the public is invited to sit in. Walker said when the board gets through the first reading of the document, it will start again at the beginning.

“It’s a working meeting of the commissioners,” Walker said. “We’ll start over at the front...we’ll (then) do some wordsmithing, some fine-tuning. We’ll just keep going in a linear manner like that.”

Then, Walker said, he wants to convene a public hearing to hear community input on the plan.

“The public has had chances,” Walker said “but I want to give them one really excellent chance to give their input.”

After a last run through, Walker said the master plan would be ready to finalize and adopt. Talking into account the holiday season, Walker said he expects the process to take a least three months, but he hopes the have the plan done sooner rather than later.

“We’ve got stuff that needs to get done,” Walker said.

The board will meet again Thursday, Nov. 4, to discuss the proposed master plan.

“We’ll start up where we left off,” Walker said.

Walker is also working to confirm a meeting with the Annapolis Water District to be held at the District’s meeting on Thursday at 5 p.m., directly before the Parks Boards’.

Walker said he believes the item up for discussion, (the water contract between the Board and Annapolis,) is on the agenda.

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