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Life goes on for Parks Board

It’s business as usual for the South Kitsap Community Park Board of Commissioners.

Although some Port Orchard residents are questioning the status of the Board in light of a recent mandate by the Kitsap County Commissioners that it dissolve itself, the Board is continuing to try to strengthen its community support and eliminate its debt, according to a recent news release.

“We’re doing really well,” said Parks Board Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. “We’re doing some great planning, we’re building partnerships, we’re starting to organize some very ambitious programs through those partnerships.”

The Board currently has three options — vote to dissolve itself by May 20, refuse to dissolve and prompt the County to take legal action to regain the park, or come up with the roughly $34,000 it owes the County for election costs. It has been paying the County in monthly $1,000 increments.

“Money is the question,” Garrido said. “We know the situation. Since money is the problem, you look at whether or not the citizens of South Kitsap really want to support the park. The real question is ‘what do the citizens want.’”

When asked whether or not support South Kitsap Community Park was synonymous with supporting the Park’s Board of Commissioners, said she believed it was.

“I don’t distinguish (between them) because I feel that as a representative of the community, I’m here to work as hard as I can in the best interests of (South Kitsap Community Park).”

Garrido, who is a former Kitsap County Commissioner, said the Board will more than likely schedule a special meeting tomorrow night to discuss to hear from the public absent any other business. As for what the Board will eventually decide to do, Garrido is cautious.

“I have been on both sides and it’s a tough call,” Garrido said. “Kitsap County has a lot of parks that need a lot of attention right now.”

Volunteers and plants are still needed for a plant sale to benefit the Park scheduled for the weekend of May 20. For more information call (360) 895-1551, e-mail info@skparks.org or visit www.skparks.org.

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