Friday Afternoon Club: Now Hear This

SK Park Busy During Transition

Coming Up at the Park
Saturday: Annual Hotfoot 5K Run ,8:45 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: South Kitsap Amateur Radio Club’s annual Field Day
June 30: Noon to 4 p.m., South Kitsap Parks Appreciation Day

Now that the South Kitsap Parks & Recreation District Board of Commissioners has signed the park over to Kitsap County, county workers are on the site cleaning up the park, which also got a lot of T.L.C. (tender loving care) from about 100 volunteer’s Wednesday during United Way’s Day of Caring.
The park will see a lot of activity over the next two weekends, including a 5K run, a ham radio demonstration and a celebration of the park’s history.
On Saturday and Sunday members of the South Kitsap Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating how amateur radio works as part of a national Field Day for ham radio operators.
These are the folks you want to know in the event of an earthquake, terrorist strike or other event that knocks out communication. During Hurricane Katrina, for example, hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to save lives and property.
According to the South Kitsap club’s president Mervin Archer, local ham radio operators at the event will demonstrate the newest digital and satellite capabilities. Club members are among more than 600,000 ham radio operators in the United States and more than 2.5 million around the world.
On Sunday, the park will also be the site of the annual Hotfoot 5K Run. Proceeds go to the Volunteer Firefighters Association to benefit its Community Scholarship Fund.
On June 30, the public is invited to the South Kitsap Parks Appreciation Day from noon to 4 p.m. at the park. Hosted by the parks board, this will be a chance for anyone who has ever volunteered for or cared about the park to celebrate its 28-year history as it begins a new chapter under county ownership. There will be food, music, children’s activities and train rides, as well as a program of appreciation with local dignitaries.
The parks board is seeking pictures and memories to incorporate into the event. If you have something to share, contact Margie Rees at (360) 871-6590 or (360) 871-1182 or Mary Colborn at (360) 674-2166, or webelievewecan@aol.com.

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  1. Park Appreciation Day
    Please join us in celebrating the park and all the people who care and have cared for it.

    It’s our chance as a parks board to honor the many hundreds of volunteers who have shared their time, energy and resources in service to the park and the South Kitsap Community.

    Members of SKPRD, Kitsap County Parks Department representatives and local dignitaries like Mayor Kim Abel will offer words of appreciation and words of hope for the future of the park.

    It’s also a chance for the South Ktisap community to honor this beautiful park and share your memories and your own personal hopes for its future.

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