Surplus Parks: EdgewaterSeptember 11th, 2013 by tristan baurick
The Kitsap County parks department wants to trim its inventory of parklands to save money on maintenance. Twenty-four properties have been identified for possible sale or transfer to other agencies or nonprofit groups. I visited the 24 properties and will post photo galleries of some of the more notable ones over the week, leading up to a Sunday feature about the surplus parks issue.
Today’s gallery features the Edgewater property, a 6.5-acre park at the intersection of Lofall Road and Pioneer Way in North Kitsap.
Edgewater has a soccer field and a baseball field, but it’s hard to tell because of how overgrown the area has become.
On the park’s west edge is a thickly-wooded ravine with a creek at its bottom. I couldn’t see the creek, but it was loud enough that I could hear it from the property’s parking lot.
The county parks department would like to transfer the property to the public works department, which has a gravel pit across the street.
The Edgewater Beach Community Club maintained the park for years, supplying volunteer labor to mow, water and clean the fields for use by youth baseball groups.
By 2007, the EBCC’s interest in maintaining the park had waned. The county looked into having a baseball group take over maintenance but no agreement was reached.
Trash dumping and other nuisance behavior grew as the EBCC’s involvement faded, leading the county to instal concrete barriers to block the Edgewater’s parking lot.
EBCC President Bob Reister says his group has no interest in the park.
“If the county wanted to put a maintenance shed there, that’d be good,” he said. “Maybe it would stop people from dumping there.”
In tomorrow’s gallery, I’ll feature Keyport Saltwater Park, a shoreline property that was donated by the Navy and developed by volunteers but has fallen into disrepair.
All of the week’s galleries on surplus county parks are collected under the “Surplus Parks” category in the column to the right.