State budget puts $3.1 million into Kitsap outdoor projects —

State budget puts $3.1 million into Kitsap outdoor projects

By Tristan Baurick
Kitsap Sun

The state capital budget is out, and there’s plenty of money coming to Kitsap to help build trails, save a pier, improve parks and establish the West Sound’s first mountain bike park.

Here’s the rundown of Kitsap projects awarded funding through the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program:

Sound to Olympics Trail: $740,500
Kitsap County will use this money to help build what will eventually be a 24-mile paved trail from the Kingston ferry terminal to the Hood Canal bridge.

Waterman Pier: $575,000
This grant covers about half the money needed to replace a 90-year-old pier owned by the Port of Waterman near Port Orchard. With failing pilings and rotting decking, the pier’s been closed for about a month.

Port Gamble Ride Park: $500,000
Kitsap County and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s West Sound chapter are teaming up to build a mountain bike park on a 200-acre property south of Port Gamble. The county will buy the property, estimated at $1 million, from Pope Resources and Evergreen will build the jumps, drops and other features.

Bainbridge Waterfront Park: $500,000
The city of Bainbridge Island will use this grant to expand the park’s dock and improve its boat launch.

Kingston park improvements: $400,000
The Port of Kingston plans to develop a small property near the ferry terminal into a park.

McCormick Village Park: $311,000
The city of Port Orchard will use this money to design and develop a 30-acre park off Old Clifton Road. The park will have a 1-mile loop trail, playground and wetland boardwalk.

Port Orchard’s Bay Street Trail: $105,750
This money will allow the city of Port Orchard to extend a 1.5-mile pedestrian and cycling trail along the city’s waterfront.

I’ll have more in a story I’m working on for the weekend.

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