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PORT GAMBLE FOREST HERITAGE PARK MASTER PLANNING
Kitsap County is developing a comprehensive Master Plan to blue print for how the park''s evolves. Questions needing answers include what activities will be allow and how to balance conservation within the framework of existing logging road and trails? To learn more about the process and provide your comments go to portgambleforestpark.com.
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.
Input sought on regional transportation, needs and vision
The Puget Sound Regional Council is conducting a survey on transportation needs to support the development of its Regional Transportation Plan. The Plan will describe how to meet all aspect of a future transportation system – from roads, transit, rail, ferry, bicycle and pedestrian systems. Your response to questions about current and anticipated travel patterns will provided direction for transportation funding. This is our chance to show the importance of non-motorized transportation in Kitsap County. Everyone is welcome to participate so please take the survey at: https://engage.psrc.org/regional-transportation-plan
Hwy 305 Johnson Road Roundabout Tunnel
The City of Poulsbo has started construction of a roundabout for the intersection of Johnson Parkway and SR 305. While intended as a traffic improvement project, it will also provide a piece of the Sound to Olympics Trail by creating a tunnel under SR 305 for pedestrians and cyclist to cross that busy highway.
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.
New ADA Trail at NKHP
An ADA assessable trail now improves access for everyone to experience the park. The new trail is short but affords people with wheelchairs or strollers to view the ponds near the Miller Bay Road parking lot. The two man-made drainage ponds from an old homestead and have produced sightings of otter and wood duck in past years. Next time you are out to the park, take a quick walk to appreciate the new trail and the ponds.
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.”
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.