Kitsap County Parks

​Our Mission: "We are committed to providing quality-of-life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and stewardship, and offering an outstanding service-oriented environment."​

2016/17 Urban Forestry Restoration Grant

Kitsap County Parks received a grant from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Restoration Program for the 2016/17 grant year. The grant consists of a Washington Conservation Corps crew of six that works on urban forestry restoration project for a month and is valued at $20,000. Kitsap County was awarded three months of crew time for the months of October 2016; February and May of 2017.

The WCC crew has been, and will be continuing to work on a range of projects at Port Gamble Forest, South Kitsap Regional and other parks as assigned during the month of May. Forest restoration activities that the crew will be working on including: road and trail work, noxious weed control, tree planting, road culvert maintenance, tree pruning, wetland and riparian delineation, and marking trees for restoration thinning.

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​ ​Managing Laminated Root Rot In Kitsap County Parks

​Laminated root rot is a serious problem and is a disease spread by root to root contact that eventually kills Douglas fir and western hemlock. Because root rot occurs naturally, the goal is to manage the rate of infestation. This can be accomplished by breaking the link between healthy and diseased Douglas fir and western hemlock.

Operational strategies include: thinning to reduce root to root contact; leaving the largest and healthiest trees standing; and under-plant root rot resistant conifers and hardwood trees.

Western red cedar, white pine, red alder and big leaf maple seedlings will be planted at a rate of 50 to 150 trees per acre. In many cases there are already western red cedar, red alder and big leaf maple saplings established in areas with the heaviest root rot and these tree species can be expected as replacements.

Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park- Potential Temporary Trail Closures through May 31
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 amiller@orminc.com or 360-394-0595.

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Director: Jim Dunwiddie


Office Hours:
Mon - Thur: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 2:30pm
(closed on Weekends & Holidays)

Phone: 360.337.5350
Fax: 360.337.5385
Email: parks@co.kitsap.wa.us 

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

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

Athletic Fields Rain Line: 360.337.5350 ext 6

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PARK NEWS

Upcoming Advisory Meetings Parks

Advisory Board Meeting
June 21st at 6pm
Island Lake Community Center 
1087 NW Island Lake Rd, Poulsbo

Fair & Stampede Advisory Board Meeting
June 14th
at 6pm
Eagle's Nest Community Room
1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Bremerton

Salsbury Point Park Restrooms - Closed

The Salsbury Point Park restrooms will be closed until further notice. The parks department is working on getting sanicans in place.

Hansville Greenway Trail Closures

April 10th - June 30th Portions of the trail leading south then west from Hansville Road across from the Chatham development will be closed to trail users periodically during the timber harvest for safety. Click Here for more information.