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.
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.