McPherson-Howe Farm Park Improvement

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 continue restoration of historic farms in the Howe Farm County Park, southeast of Port Orchard. The County will build trails and a restroom and install wood fencing, historic interpretation, landscaping, a picnic shelter, a gazebo, and general park furnishings, such as benches and picnic tables. The County already has restored both a 1920s-era barn and the exterior of the 1946 family farm barn. This The County hopes to turn the 83-acre family farmstead into a “living history” farm, complete with working community gardens, active farming, and public access and trails throughout. Kitsap County will contribute $127,000 in a local grant.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Kitsap County Parks and Rec Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 127000 Project Type: Development County: Kitsap Legislative District: 26 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-2029

Location Details

Drive south of Port Orchard on SR16 to SE Sedgwick Rd. Exit to the East. Travel 3 miles to Long Lake Rd. Turn left (north). Continue to Mile Hi Rd. Park is on the right (east) side of the Long Lake Rd., just before the intersection with Mile Hi Rd.

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.