This years' grant will be divided between several projects:
If you're interested in water trails, you'll be interested in two projects.
Saturday November 1, 9 AM - 2 PM. Plant trees at Kitsap County's newest park. Go home with a Get Dirty T-shirt from REI. Join other rock star volunteers at the new Port Gamble Shoreline Park. We'll start the day by removing invasive plants, and then plant the red cedar saplings that will one day shade this beautiful park.
Port Gamble Shoreline Park is the first land purchased through the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project's effort to conserve nearly 7,000 acres of forestland surrounding Port Gamble Bay. The park includes 1.5 miles of shoreline and more than 500 acres of forest for hiking, cycling, running, horseback riding, and birding. Bring your gloves, shovels, clippers and sturdy shoes. Enjoy the shoreline, the views, some great snacks and the company of other fabulous volunteers!
Details and directions.
Sponsored by REI, Kitsap County Parks, and Great Peninsula Conservancy.
On Wednesday, September 17th, neighbors from across the Kitsap Peninsula are invited to the initial community meeting hosted by the Bainbridge Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Committee (NMTAC) to help design the second section of the Sound to Olympics regional trail on the Island between Winslow Way and Vineyard Lane--building active transportation connections with all West Sound communities. The meeting will present project context, purpose, and goals; note physical and financial constraints; and receive input from stakeholders on potential elements and alternatives.
The City of Bainbridge Island has been awarded three grants to design and construct more than a mile of the Sound to Olympics Trail from the toll booths at the Washington State Ferries Terminal up to High School Road--thus connecting the entire Winslow business district, civic centers, neighborhoods, schools, ferries and Kitsap Transit with a bicycle and pedestrian spine route along SR 305. The first two of three funded segments will be built in 2015, connecting up to the existing non-motorized bridge which crosses the Winslow Ravine along the east side of the highway at the Vineyard Lane development.
West Sound Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) BiketoberFest on the Port Gamble trails. Night ride w/ campfire, SuperD race, Poker Run, 7 Bike Shops, 7 Breweries, Demos, Games, Prizes and a Bike Raffle!
Location: Uplands trailhead, off hwy 104 just south of Port Gamble.
BiketoberFest is great for families AND given the memorable mud of 2013, we're sure there is guaranteed perfect weather this year!
Love to Kayak? Join us September 13 from 9 am - 2 pm. Here's a chance to spend a day with other rock star volunteers improving one of Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail's beautiful resting spots! Indianola Waterfront Preserve is used by paddlers from all over, as a stop on Washinton State's first National Water Trail. To help paddlers gain better access to the park's lovely upland trail, volunteers will help construct 115 feet of boardwalk on the estuary and reroute trail. Enjoy a tailgate picnic lunch courtesy of REI.
This project provides the initial section of the Sound to Olympics Trail, safer on-road bike facilities, as well as wider & more accessible pedestrian walkways between the tollbooths at the Bainbridge WSF terminal and Winslow Way. It will integrate with the recently completed Winslow Way Reconstruction and Waypoint Park, and the new promenade and protected bike lanes being developed along the Seattle Waterfront. In addition to making this section of SR 305 safer for the large and growing number of bicycle commuters, it will enable families with children to travel by bicycles to attractive destinations on Bainbridge and in Seattle, such as Myrtle Edwards Park.
Participants will be able to review and comment on their preferences for three design options developed by consultants for the City. The City's Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Committee and City Staff will use this feedback to produce a final design, which will be constructed in 2015. The North Kitsap Trails Association and Squeaky Wheels have been key partners in preparing this grant and facilitating development of design alternatives.
In April, we had a large turnout to celebrate the first acquisition of the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project. It was a wonderful event and a great opportunity to both celebrate and thank all the people who helped make this happen. Forterra made a great video and in just a few minutes of your time, you can hear what all of your local elected officials, Forterra, the Great Peninsula Conservancy and Tribal leadership have to say about the project.
NKTA is working closely with Kitsap County and County staff to help with three applications for state and federal grants to acquire Port Gamble land for trails. This spring 35 community members from 17 organizations helped create the Conceptual Site Plan for Port Gamble Trails in a series of three workshops. Thanks to all of those who participated and our professional volunteers (Wenzlau Architects, Fischer-Bauma , Sean Parker & Doug Maraist) ! You can find the "Conceptual Plan" and the accompanying goals online.