Last year, a wooded property off Rude Rude in Poulsbo made the Kitsap County Parks Department’s list of parklands it no longer wanted. Now it looks like the department may hang on to it after all.
Hidden away on Little Rude Road, a narrow, winding driveway branching from Rude, the property – known simply as ‘Rude Road’ – had little potential as a public park. It had a lot of trees but little else going for it. No one at the department was quite sure how they came to own it, what it had ever been used for or where exactly it was. Parks officials initially told me it was 9 acres, but a bit of research last week revealed it to be more than two times that size.
The department’s hope for its ‘surplus’ properties is for other government agencies or nonprofits to take them on. The department prefers not to sell them on the open market.
Conveniently, the state Department of Natural Resources owns 186 acres of timberland bordering Rude Road property. DNR’s been logging it for decades. The last cut was recent, leaving much of the property covered in stumps and Scotch broom.
Might DNR be interested in another 19 acres, fully-stocked with mature trees, the department asked.
No, actually, DNR said. Then DNR countered with a surprise offer: Take our 186 acres instead. And don’t give us any money.
“The county likes a really good deal, and this is one,” said Eric Baker, the county’s special projects manager.
Combined, the two properties could give the department a new park that tops 205 acres.
The deal’s not done, but it’s safe to say the Rude Road property is no longer on the surplus list.
Read more about the property and its future here.
Photo: The Kitsap County Parks Department owns 19 acres of wooded land bisected by Little Rude Road. Tristan Baurick/Kitsap Sun