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Parks Board to host open house for master plan

The South Kitsap Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners finally has the holiest of holy grails — the completed draft of a Master Plan.

The board will meet Thursday at Le Garmanche in Westbay Center in lieu of its regular administrative meeting to give the public a chance to view the draft that made its debut two weeks ago.

“We want people to get a chance to look at it and give us feedback on it,” said Board Chair Larry Walker. “They can speak directly to us, send their comments in writing or even e-mail them to us.”

The South Kitsap Community Park’s board of commissioners also announced on Monday that the park will be home to several community-inducing events in August.

A free Park Fest on Aug. 6, will provide fun for the whole family, Walker said.

“Folk Fest has sort of scaled back into Park Fest,” Walker said. “We’re bringing it closer to home.”

“The Park Fest features on-stage music, park nature walks, exhibits and workshops, and children’s activities,” said Vice-Chair Charlotte Garrido.

The musicians range from eclectic worldbeat folk-rock to original Americana and country-and-western.

Garrido said volunteers are still needed, as are donations that will benefit the park.

The park is also the location of two summer day camps. “Wild Smiles, Summer Adventures 2005,” is for children in grades 1-8. The day camp is Aug. 2, 3, and 4. Participants will discover the Pacific Northwest at the Park, through art, science, drama, and cooperative learning, mentored by teens in grades 9-12 and Kitsap Consolidated Housing Authority staff and volunteers.

“Summer Daze” day camp is for youth in grades 4-6 and will run from Aug. 15-18.

Participants will engage in nature walks, games, science discoveries, music workshops and a practical eco-art project in the park led by community organizations.

For more information on these events call (360) 895-1551, e-mail info@skparks or visit www.skparks.org.

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