Volunteers needed for Kitsap parks board

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The Kitsap County Parks Advisory Board is looking for a few new members.

The 12-member board helps the county parks department craft policies, make decisions on land acquisitions and contributes on special projects. Members also serve as liaisons between the department and the public.

Two seats are up for grabs with the recent resignations of Ed Donahue, who helped represent South Kitsap, and Michael Arnold, one of the Central Kitsap reps.

At last check, only three applications have been received for the two positions.

New appointees would serve out the former members’ terms. Donahue’s term ends at the end of this year, and Arnold’s concludes at the end of 2015. Once a term is complete, a member could be re-appointed for a full three-year term.

The board’s membership is evenly divided between three geographic areas: North, Central and South Kitsap. Applicants must be residents of either the South or Central Kitsap districts and attend monthly meetings.

Parks Director Jim Dunwiddie said the new members will be involved in important work, including…

1. Categorizing the county’s dozens of parks and then helping to develop related policies for the various park types (such as forest parks, sports parks, etc.)

2. Developing new funding sources for parks, including possible use fees.

3. Developing plans and policies for new parks and soon-to-be-acquired parks, including the large Port Gamble Shoreline Block property that was purchased in April.

The application deadline is Aug. 15.

For more info and an application, head over here.

Photo: Kingston’s Kola Kole Park is one of the dozens of properties managed by the Kitsap County Parks Department. Tristan Baurick/Kitsap Sun