Park Projects

Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park- Potential Temporary Trail Closures through May 31

May 9, 2017 - Recently, Olympic Resource Management sold approximately 1354 acres to Kitsap County for long term conservation while retaining the right to harvest timber for 25 years, leading to Kitsap County’s full ownership of the Port Gamble Forest. This arrangement allows for active forest management during that time and will on occasion necessitate temporary trail closures. While we don’t know exactly when the trails will be closed, we anticipate the closures not lasting more than two weeks in total. Olympic Resource Management will be conducting pre-commercial thinning of approximately 100 acres near the junction of the G-1800 and G-1900 roads. Roads and trails inside the thinning area may be closed during the month of May. All closed roads and trails will be posted and we ask for the public’s cooperation for their safety and the safety of the contractors performing the work. Pre-commercial thinning is a technique used by forest managers to control the number and distribution of trees in a stand in order to optimize the growth of the remaining trees. Trees that are cut are left in the forest and decompose over time. If you have any questions, contact Adrian Miller at or 360-394-0595.


October 2016 - Construction has begun on South Kitsap Regional Park Improvements. Additions include a “Street Course” expansion of the skate park, perimeter trail improvements surrounding the sports fields, removal of a berm between north and south park fields, and a new open grassy field for general play, near the existing playground. Removal of the berm opens up vistas within the park, and unifies the two areas of the park off the Lund and Jackson entrances. Construction is estimated to last four months. Next in the plans for 2017 is a new restroom near the skate park.


July 2016

On the North Side of the Fairgrounds:
1. Paving – several locations will receive re-pavement with the help from a Department of Agriculture Grant
2. Type 1 Hoods – The Presidents’ Hall kitchen will receive 2 type 1 hoods thanks to a Department of Agriculture Grant and County Capital funds.
3. Pavilion Roof – The Kitsap Sun Pavilion roof will be repaired, sealed and painted thanks to Capital funding from the County
4. Pavilion HVAC – 6 of the 8 Kitsap Sun Pavilion HVAC units will be replaced in August thanks to Capital Funding from the County
5. Harry & Jayne Boand Equestrian Arena – This arena was roofed over the last 8 months with a generous grant from the Boand Family Foundation and is in final stages of preparation before the fair.
The Kitsap Sun Pavilion lower restrooms were re-floored in May thanks to County Capital Funds.

On the South side of the Fairgrounds:
1. Tennis Courts – The Tennis Courts are in the process of being resurfaced thanks to an MOU which provides County Capital Funds and CKSD funds.
2. Lobe Fields – Lobe Field #1 Improvements, Phase #1 will have final change orders made with funds from the Kitsap Public Facilities District. This project included concrete slabs for additional seating (seating to be added in Phase 2), new back stop and netting, changes in fencing, changes in dugouts The Concession Building at Lobe Field was rewired in May using County Capital Funding.

Upcoming Projects to be completed in the Fall:
1. The PA systems at Lobe Field #1 and Gordon Field will be upgraded using County Capital Funds.
2. A new Press Box is slated for Lobe Field #1 using County Capital Funding – this will be put out to bid soon.
3. A new Storage Building in in the bid process for the Presidents’ Hall to house pipe and drape, tables, and chairs, using County Capital Funds 


November 2016 - Storm water Pond fencing is complete, thanks to Public Works. Native vegetation (rose, berries, etc.) are being planted this week, along the outside edge of the fence line. This vegetative border/barrier addition will protect the pond from visitors and dog intrusions, and will add colorful native landscaping.

April 2016 - On the 83-acre Howe Farm Park, much of the look and feel of the historic McPherson and Howe family farmsteads remains. The physical evidence of the early farming operation which had sheep, cows, chickens, hay fields, vegetable gardens, a woodlot, and a fruit orchard, can still be observed, especially with the formidable family-built barn still structurally intact. However, over time the 1920’s era West barn and the 1946 East barn, had begun to deteriorate with age and weathering. The County has restored both of the barns to a stable and useable condition, and looks to re-envision the farm as a living example of our local farming past.

De-construction and restoration began in November, 2015 on the West barn, originally built by the McPherson family. The West Barn was built on a downslope leading to serious drainage and rot problems causing the roof to fail. Restoration required new concrete basement walls, new post and beam structural supports, new flooring, a new barn door, and a new roof. Parks has also improved the farm roads to the barn and is adding an accessible entry ramp on the west entrance. Original siding was salvaged and integrated with replacement siding that had been stained to match the aged-wood exterior.
Additional work was required on the East barn, constructed by the Howe family. Areas of construction included replacement of the interior stairs, new post and beams to support the expansive hay loft floor, replacing damaged windows and installing gutters, drainpipes and perimeter drain gravel to improve drainage. The exterior of the East Barn will be white-washed to preserve the wood and restore the 1946 appearance.