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Current News

April 19, 2022 - Kitsap Great Give!

 

As usual the North Kitsap Trails Association is one of many participating organizations in the Kitsap Great Give.  The official date for the Great Give occurs is on April 19th but the https://kitsapgreatgive.org/ website is already open for those who want to donate early.   We encourage you to use this donation period to support NKTA’s efforts to improve trails for non-motorize transportation in our area; we will make good use of any contributions we receive.

 

We thank you for your support!

NKTA Board of Directors

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Rotary installs Benches on PGFHP Bluff Trail

Many thanks to the Silverdale and Poulsbo Crossroads Rotarys for installing benches at three locations along the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park's "Bluff Trail".  This was no easy task as it required carring 60# bags of concrete more thatn 1/2 mile.  As the name suggests, this trail provides a scenic and relatively flat pedestrian only trail overlooking Gamble Bay.  Another thank you to Kitsap County Parks for buidling the benches.

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Earth Day Weekend

Help eradicate Scotch broom

PG Heritage Park  April 22-24

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The Port Gamble Heritage Park Stewardship Group is celebrating Earth Day with its 2nd annual Scotch Broom Brigade.  Come help with cutting down this invasive species.  Bring: gloves, pruners, loppers.         Don’t forget: drinking water and snacks

Time:    9 a.m. to Noon daily

Where: PG Forest Heritage Park

               Bayview and Stottlemeyer

               trailheads & model airplane field 

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All-terrain wheelchairs available to borrow

Parks, trails, and beaches are now more accessible with all-terrain 

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Wheelchairs.  The Kitsap County Accessible Communities Advisory Committee is excited to announce a partnership with Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation District to provide two Hippocampe All-Terrain Wheelchairs to borrow at no charge with a small refundable damage deposit. The chairs can be transported to other areas of the county.  For more information or to reserve a chair, visit the Bainbridge Island Parks Gearbank at https://biparks.org/gearbank/

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Landscapes of Change EPISODE 3: Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park

Pacific Horticulture has just published a 15-minute video with photos and movie clips of Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park with commentary by community leaders.  The history through which these 3,500 acres were conserved by visionary community fundraising is highlighted.  And the amazing ecological restoration opportunity for habitat and compatible human use is featured.

     Go to the video with this link:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWPl_xtbrwA&t=0s

North STO Feasibility Study Update

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In the last newsletter we reported that the County Public Works Department had published an RFP (request for proposals) for a planning and engineering study to select a preferred route for the North STO Segment connecting Kingston and Port Gamble.   That contract has now been approved by the County commissioners and is expected to take 12-18 months to complete.  This makes the 3rd and final STO Port Gamble to Kingston routing study. 

Speaking of the STO

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The Sound to Olympics Trail was featured this February’s Leafline newsletter.  Leafline is a regional organization dedicated to connecting the trails network across the Central Puget Sound to provide equitable access, health benefits and recreational

opportunities for all. 

The picture above shows NKTA board Members Linda Berry-Maraist and Doug Maraist holding new STO Wayfaring signs.  Although the STO is a long way from complete NKTA has been putting the wayfaring signs up where possible to raise community awareness about the future route.

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Go to     http://leaflinetrails.org/   for more information on Leafline

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100 Acres Acquired to Expand the Hansville Greenway!

GPC's newest acquisition, outlined here in orange, adds 100 acres to the Greenway, which is owned by Kitsap County Parks and maintained by the Hansville Greenway Association.

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Heritage Park Logging

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You will see logging in areas of the PGFHP marked in red; please stay off closed trails 

during that operation.

*** New Board Members Needed ***

 

NKTA fulfills several functions in carrying out it’s mission to improve non-motorized transportation in Kitsap County. Our most visible role is to plan and organize trail improvement projects.  However, that is only the tip of the iceberg.  Our most important functions entail advocating for regional non-motorized transportation routes like the Sound to Olympics Trail.  Examples include liaising with like-minded organizations like the Heritage Park stewards and monitoring local government agencies to ensure that they include non-motorized transportation in their long-range plans. 

    Only 11 or NKTA’s 14 board positions are currently filled to accomplish these tasks.  If you have an interest in promoting trails in our community, please send us an email at info@northkitsaptrails.org or talk to a board member.   The main requirements are a love of trails and a willingness to help expand them throughout North Kitsap.    

Previous Announcements

Hwy 305 Johnson Road Roundabout Tunnel

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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.

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Leafline Partnership

 

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.”

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   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.

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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.

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