Reduce speed limit at SK park entrances

The in basket: Jill Bangart ask why South Kitsap Community Park does not have the surrounding roads marked with signs announcing the park entrance and having the traffic slow to 25 mph due to the park being there.
“Take a look at Long Lake Community Park,” she said. “Traffic slows to 25 mph. Why isn’t South Kitsap Community Park granted the same slow down?”


The in basket: Jill Bangart wrote last year after a discussion in this column about the lack of crosswalks at accesses into South Kitsap Community Park that fronts on Jackson and Lund avenues. She noted that it is one of the few parks (if not the only park!) in Kitsap County that does not have the surrounding roads marked with signs announcing the park entrance and having the traffic slow to 25 mph due to the park being there.
“Take a look at Long Lake Community Park. Traffic slows to 25 mph. Why isn’t South Kitsap Community Park granted the same slow down? Maybe a crosswalk in the middle of the road is asking for trouble, but is putting out signs slowing traffic to 25 mph and alerting drivers to a park entrance too much to ask?”
The out basket: Doug Bear of the county public works department said the presence of a park is not an automatic impetus for a particular speed limit. Different park areas can and do have different speed limits. The impending transfer of SK Community Park to county ownership will prompt an evaluation of pedestrian safety there, Doug said.
“In addition to speed limits, we will look at other ways to increase pedestrian safety. (That) can include modifying traffic patterns in the park, possibly changing the locations of vehicle entrances and exits, and creating pedestrian routes in and out of the park that would use the signalized crossing at Jackson and Lund.”
The county would much rather have pedestrians crossing major roads where traffic signals offer them added protection.

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