Expansion to South Kitsap skate park under review

The second phase of the South Kitsap Skate Park is under review by the Kitsap County Department of Development.

Rick Katron, parks project coordinator, said the approximately 6,000-square-foot addition to the current skate park is part of an improvement package for the South Kitsap Regional Park.

“We submitted the engineering plans in March,” said Katron. “It takes time for the Department of Development to approve and permit the plans.”

Katron is responsible for planning, design and construction for the park department.

Katron said the Parks Department should have the approved plans ready by the middle of August.

“Once we have the plans approved, we can put the project out to bid,” he said. “That will not happen until after Sept. 1.”

Katron said the skate park is part of other improvements at South Kitsap Regional Park.

“We’re putting the whole package out to bid,” Katron said.

He said other improvements to the park include park entrance signs, traffic calming, parking and road improvements at the north end off Jackson Avenue, grading an area for open-field play and building more connecting trails that are pedestrian-friendly.

Katron said if the improvement package is submitted for bids in September, its possible for work on the park to begin in October or November, at the latest.

“Hopefully, subject to weather, the improvements should be completed by March 1,” Katron said.

The skate park design was done by New Line Skate Parks, of Vancouver, B.C, and BCRA, of Tacoma, submitted the landscape design.

Katron said the original master-plan involved a number of trees being cut down.

“We had put the temporary parking lot in and the skate park has been redesigned substantially,” he said. “The entire footprint expansion of the skate park is where the temporary skate park is now.”

Katron said the temporary parking lot was not meant to be permanent.

“We’re replacing the temporary parking lot, cutting down less trees and by resigning made it cheaper than it would have been. We saved money on the project, as well,” he said.

He said the parks department worked with the South Kitsap Skate Park Association (SKSPA) board of directors on the redesign the original plans.

“We had discussions with them on what they wanted, didn’t want or was left out of the first phase,” said Katron. “Hopefully, we’ve captured all the things they wanted and we believe we have done that. It is still a community skate park.”

South Kitsap Skate Park Association President Leslie Reynolds-Taylor is excited about the skate park expansion.

“Now we will have something for everyone,” she said. “This will be a street section. The kids won’t have to go out of town to skateboard or bike. They will stay safe in their own community, at their own skatepark.”

SKSPA raised about $110,000 for the first phase of the park, but no fundraising is needed on the second phase.

“The funds are from a grant the county applied for a couple of years ago,” Reynolds-Taylor said. “The money SKSPA will raise — from this day forward — will go towards bleachers, benches, picnic tables and lights.”


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