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Current News

Rails-to-Trails is celebrating "National Trails Day"

April 24th

with some new Covid-19 related ideas.  For more informaion go the the Events page or to their website.

Recreate Responsibly

Learn more about getting outside at:

https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/resources

Parks Status Update

* Heritage Parks are open, but most

    other facilities remain closed.

* Silverdale Gateway Dog Park is open.

* Restrooms are open and sanitized

    daily.

* 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

      between vehicles.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

   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.

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