PARKS MISSION

The Kitsap County Parks Department is committed to providing quality-of-life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, fostering community stewardship, and offering an outstanding service-oriented environment.

 PARK NOTICES

Parks and Recreation Open Space (P.R.O.S.) Plan

The Kitsap County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan 2024 will serve as the implementation guide and strategic plan for managing and enhancing the County's park and recreation services while ensuring that the County remains eligible for state outdoor recreation funding. We believe that every corner of our County deserves to be embraced by nature's beauty, and that's why we have developed the Parks and Recreation Open Space Plan, lovingly known as the PROS Plan. This visionary blueprint will shape the future of our parks and guide us toward creating an even more enriching environment for you, your family, and future generations to come.

The PROS Plan will identify the current inventory and condition of the parks system and propose updates to service standards for parks and trails. It will address goals, objectives, and other management considerations to continue providing quality recreation opportunities that will benefit Kitsap County residents and visitors. A critical element to the plan's success is the input from Kitsap County residents to describe their desired quality of life to the parks staff and planning team.

VISIT OUR PROS PLAN PAGE TO LEARN MORE


Point No Point Park: Project Update - December 13, 2023

We are excited to provide you with an update on the Point No Point Park beach and shoreline repair project, which aims to repair the damages caused during the 2022/2023 Winter season. We want to share these updates with you as they provide valuable information about the project and the steps we are taking to repair and fully open the park to visitors.

Phase 1: Repairs
Phase 1 of the repair project will import sand and rock materials to the north beach to bring the elevations back to pre-storm levels.  This work is permitted and scheduled to begin this week, with the majority of the work targeted to conclude next week, the park will be closed during the construction period.   The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife parking lot will be used as a staging area for equipment, construction materials, and operations during the project; it will not be opened to the public.

Please be aware of vehicles entering and leaving Point No Point Park and the staging area. There is potential for additional noise during evening and night time hours during the construction period.

Phase 2: Improvements 
Phase 2 of the repair work represents a larger project that is intended to improve the beach and shoreline beyond current and pre-storm conditions.  Phase 2 will add additional material to increase the beach elevation further, plant native vegetation to provide increased soil stability, and rebuild the rock revetment wall in front of the lighthouse.  This work is not yet permitted but targeted to take place in mid-2024 once permits have been approved.  For the Phase 2 work, we are continuing to collaborate closely with the regulatory bodies responsible for permitting work within the shoreline environment in Kitsap County, including Kitsap County's Department of Community Development, the Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Washington's Department of Ecology and Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US Coast Guard, and the local Tribes. Initial design concepts for Phase 2 of the project have been reviewed and supported by these agencies and permitting from these agencies is in process.

We encourage you to contact Kitsap County Parks Staff if you have any questions or would like further information about the project and the ongoing work. We appreciate your interest and support in the repair work at Point No Point Park.

For updates on this project, please visit: https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/PointNoPointPark.aspx

For questions or more information, please email Parks@Kitsap.gov.


Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park - Stottlemeyer Parking Lot:

Exciting news for outdoor enthusiasts! Coming this February to Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park is the eagerly awaited Stottlemeyer Trailhead Parking Lot—a gateway to adventure and the perfect starting point for your next outdoor escapade.

Ample Parking Space:

Spanning across a generous 1.20 acres, the Stottlemeyer Trailhead Parking Lot offers a spacious and convenient parking solution for visitors. With 25 standard stalls, ADA-accessible spaces, and 5 pull-though spaces, we ensure that everyone can embark on their forest journey with comfort and ease.

Equestrian Trailer-Friendly Access:

Five pull-through stalls specifically designed for equestrian trailer access provide a hassle-free experience for those traveling with larger equipment.

Gateway to Adventure:

As you step out of your vehicle, you'll find yourself surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. The Stottlemeyer Trailhead Parking Lot serves as a starting point for numerous hiking trails and nature paths, inviting you to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

Sustainability Focus:

Committed to preserving the natural beauty of Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, the Stottlemeyer Trailhead Parking Lot incorporates eco-friendly design elements. The parking lot is harmoniously integrated into the landscape, promoting sustainable practices that prioritize the well-being of the environment.

Whether you're a seasoned hiker, a family looking for a day of outdoor fun, or someone seeking a peaceful escape into nature, the Stottlemeyer Trailhead Parking Lot welcomes you to embark on your next unforgettable journey. Discover the wonders of Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park with convenience, accessibility, and sustainability at the forefront of your experience. See you at the trailhead! 


Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park - Restorative Selective Forest Thinning:

Trail sections will be CLOSED PERIODICALLY effective immediately until further notice, due to Restorative Selective Forest Thinning operations underway (map). Closures are in accordance with active work and may change day by day. Please adhere to trail closure signs for your own safety.

STAY AT LEAST 300' AWAY FROM ACTIVE LOGGING EQUIPMENT

Please CLICK HERE for a map of the impacted areas.

IMPACTED TRAILS: E.T, Ewok, The Hood, Buzzcut, Climb, G1310 & G1311 (access to Lynx)

Please exercise caution when entering the park through Bayview Trailhead on weekdays between the hours of 4am and 4pm.

Large trucks will haul logs on the G1300 and G1000 leaving the park using the Bayview gate/trailhead three to four times daily.

Forest thinning is one of many forest restoration tools. Thinning selectively removes a portion of the trees in a densely packed forest to open the canopy. More sunlight will reach the forest floor to facilitate diverse understory plant communities and provide better wildlife habitat. The thinned forest will be set up to grow and develop towards a more diverse and natural ecosystem.

For more information, please e-mail parks@kitsap.gov.

 PARK NEWS & UPDATES

Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework

Kitsap County Parks is pleased to present the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework. This framework is based on input from the public, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, focus groups, the Parks Advisory Board, the project steering committee, the Port Gamble Stewards, Kitsap County staff, and County Commissioners.

View the project website for the background on this planning effort, maps, and other reference materials by clicking here.

Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework Documents:

Executive Summary

Full Report

Appendices


Coulter Creek Heritage Park Planning Meeting #2

On January 30, 2023 Kitsap County Parks Staff held a meeting at Calvinwood Lodge at 6838 Calvinwood Road SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366 (Lodge Near Wetland Complex).

This next phase in developing the master plan outlines access points to the park, trailheads, trails, and other active/passive recreational areas. This work will be conducted along with the County’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) update for all County’s planning under the Growth Management Act, with a targeted completion date in December of 2023. Once drafted, Staff will begin working on the plan through the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Board of County Commissioners for final approval and to begin implementation, grant funding, etc. 

DOCUMENTS

Landscape Designations, Definitions and Draft Map

Draft Resources Management Plan

Forest Stewardship Plan

Recording of meeting #1 can be accessed online by clicking here.

Recording of meeting #2 can be accessed online by clicking here.

For questions or more information, please email Parks@kitsap.gov.


Silverdale Waterfront Park - Bayshore, Washington & Byron Improvement Project

Click here for more information on the Bayshore, Washington & Byron Improvement Project.


 Parks Office


Director: Alex Wisniewski

Office Hours: 

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(closed 12 - 1 p.m. and Weekends/Holidays)

Phone:  360-337-5350
Fax: 360.337.5385
Email: parks@kitsap.gov

Office Location: 
1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd,
Bremerton, WA 98311

Mailing Address: 
614 Division St MS-1,
Port Orchard, WA 98366

  Kitsap County Parks Office

Parks Advisory Board

The Parks Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Eagles Nest of the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and online via Zoom.
Find more information on the Parks Advisory Board website.


Upcoming Parks Advisory Board meeting:

Wednesday, February 21 • 6:00 - 8:00 PM
 

AGENDA PACKET


CLICK HERE TO ATTEND ONLINE


Kitsap County Parks Foundation

​The Kitsap County Parks Foundation provides an opportunity for those interested in donating money towards the betterment of the County parks. Donations, either general or project specific, will help improve the quality of your parks and enhance visitor experiences.

Thank you for considering a donation to the Kitsap County Parks Foundation. If you wish to support the parks in other ways please visit the volunteer link to see what opportunities may be available.