Twelve Kitsap projects were submitted to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition for state funding next year.
Last year, the state Legislature funded the WWRP at $65 million in the capital construction budget, funding more than 90 projects. This year, 217 proposals from 34 counties were submitted. Competition will be fierce, and not all the Kitsap projects will get funding.
Here’s a rundown of requests from Kitsap:
- $1.86 million – Stavis Forest Expansion: The state Dept. of Natural Resources wants to add 281 acres to a protected area containing mature forest along Hood Canal.
- $770,000 – Sound to Olympics Trail Gap: The Kitsap County Parks Department wants to acquire 395 acres of North Kitsap forestland and two trail easements as part of a larger effort to construct a trail from Bainbridge to the Hood Canal bridge.
- $508,000 – Manchester State Park Expansion: Washington State Parks wants to acquire 38 acres to expand Manchester State Park.
- $500,000 – Port Gamble Ride Park: The Kitsap County Parks Department wants to purchase 200 acres in North Kitsap for the development of a mountain bike trail and skills obstacle course.
- $500,000 – Waterfront Park Improvements: The city of Bainbridge Island hopes to improve the Eagle Harbor park’s pathways, seating areas and make various other improvements.
- $500,000 – Waterman Pier and Seawall Renovations: The Port of Waterman is requesting funding to improve its 90-year-old pier and failing seawall.
- $400,000 – Kingston Park Development: The Port of Kingston plans to develop a small water view park at 25882 Washington Blvd.
- $378,000 – Grovers Creek Acquisition: The Great Peninsula Conservancy hopes to use a WWRC grant to preserve 70 acres of timberland along Grovers Creek in North Kitsap.
- $311,000 – McCormick Village Park: The city of Port Orchard is requesting funding to help develop a 30-acre park on Old Clifton Road.
- $285,000 – Lake Tahuya Access: The state Fish & Wildlife Department wants to build a parking lot and path to improve access for recreational fishing.
- $99,750 – Port Orchard Pedestrian Path: The city of Port Orchard is requesting funding to acquire property to expand the Bay Street Pedestrian Path.
- $94,800 – Hawley Cove Park Trail Link: The city of Bainbridge Island wants to expand the trail network in a waterfront park in Winslow.