Ilahee Preserve Acq.- Public Access Homestead Park

Category Overview

Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.

Project Highlights

The Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to buy about 35 acres next to the 572-acre Illahee Preserve, a Kitsap County regional park located in the most densely populated part of the county, which borders Bremerton. The County plans to use the land for recreational activities, picnicking, family gatherings, and access to trails and the future Native American natural exhibit in the preserve. The area has not been developed because of its unique natural features and is so pristine and wild that it has been called “The Lost Continent.” The County has purchased major portions of the preserve during the past decade, but several key parcels of land, including these 35 acres, are critical public access points and have been unavailable in the past. Kitsap County will contribute $790,690 in cash, a grant from the salmon recovery program, and donations of cash and land from the local community and the landowner.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Kitsap County Parks and Rec Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 790690 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 23 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1720

Location Details

From Bremerton go north on 303 to Riddell Road taking a left on Thompson Lane. NW end of project site is at this location (Belden). SE end of project (Timbers Edge) continue on Riddell Road which becomes Perry Avenue, east on Illahee Road NE, left on Fir Drive NE to the former Avery Homestead site.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.