Site Under Construction
After being closed for a couple weeks due to fire danger the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, the Ueland Tree Farm and Rayonier/Olympic Property Group (OPG) properties are open to public access until further notice. Please remember to be careful, however, as the trees are still dry.
Parks Status Update
* Heritage Parks are open, but most
other facilities remain closed.
* Silverdale Gateway Dog Park is open.
* Restrooms are open and sanitized
* Follow safe social distancing
protocols to promote safe and
respectful use of the parks.
- Keep six feet apart
- Bring gloves and facemasks
- Leave at least one parking space
Kitsap County partnered with the Leafline Trails Coalition, in partnership with King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, and other trail advocates, to connect nearly 450 miles of trails throughout the central Puget Sound region, including the Sound to Olympic Trail. Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder said that. “Being a part of the Leafline Trails Coalition is a fantastic opportunity to partner with neighboring counties to expand awareness of non-motorized commuter routes, improve public health and increase accessibility to our natural resources.”
Hwy 305 Johnson Road Roundabout
The City of Poulsbo announced that the Johnson Parkway and SR 305 Roundabout Project could begin construction this year. In addition to improved vehicular traffic the project will provide a non-motorized transportation connection via Noll Road from the Lincoln Road Roundabout to SR 305. A tunnel under SR 305 will provide a safe way for pedestrians and cyclist to cross that busy highway. It is another important link for the STO.
Public Facilities District Grant
Last fall the Kitap Public Facilities District awarded $1,697,556 to Kitsap County for Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Projects: development of a comprehensive Park master plan, construction a mountain bike ride park, design and permitting of the Sound to Olympics Trail and installing parking, bathrooms and other amenities. Work is progressing despite the Covid-19 quarantines.
An STO Construction Grant
Earlier steps in developing the Sound to Olympics trail are start to show results. In 2018 the County completed a feasibility study for the STO route through the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park and last fall the Public Facilities District grant provided some funding for STO design work. With that foundation in place Kitsap County recently
obtained a nearly $2 million in federal grant towards construction of a northern portion of that trail within the Park. Design and permitting is expected to get underway in 2022.
REI Grant for Trails
REI has provided us with a $7,500 grant for trail improvements. Projects will include completing the trail overlooking Gamble Bay and adding safety railing, benches and a sign commemorating the area's history. Also included is work on upland trails in the Port Gamble Heritage Park and signage along the intended Sound to Olympic Trail route.
Port Gamble Forest
Heritage Park Logging
You will soon see logging in areas of the PGFHP marked in red; please stay off closed trails
during that operation.
Pope Resources, along with its Olympic Property Group (OPG) and Olympic Property Management (OPM) branches, was purchase on May 8th by Rayonier. We thank Pope for allowing people to use the trails on their property and hope to continue that cooperation under Rayonier’s ownership.