In 2011-12, KPFD projects again surpassed economic impact and community benefit expectations



Meeting The Future Needs of Kitsap Communities:
The KPFD is currently involved in evaluating several key community projects.

Kitsap Conference Center at Harborside expansion:
The City of Bremerton, in cooperation with Kitsap Transit, the owner of the building above the Conference Center, and Columbia Hospitality, the contracted manager/operator of the Conference Center, has presented a bold plan to install tenant improvements in the remaining 7,000 square feet of space on the third floor. This will allow larger and more complex events and booking by the Conference Center managers. The project would cost in excess of $1 million and $424,000 of PFD funding was approved to support the expansion. The new Expanded facility opened in April 2014. Click here for the proposal details. 

Kitsap Fairgrounds & Event Center (KFEC):
The County and Parks Dept. was requesting funding for two  different projects and a general funding request for several miscellaneous identified needs.

Project 1 - Gordon Field Press Box - was to purchase a press box already put in place at Gordon Field by Pumas owner Robin Waite for the 2013 season. The purchase, for just less than $30,000, occurred in late 2013 and enables the Parks Dept.to market the Gordon Field complex as a "stadium" at better rates. Click here for the proposal details.

Project 2 - Lobe Field improvements - including, relocating one bullpen to the left field area; moving the backstop fencing inward; and placing a "real" elevated press box behind home plate. This would enhance the marketing of the complex for more events like the 2012 Babe Ruth World series that was so successful in generating more than $750K of economic benefit for Kitsap County. The total funding requested was $10,000 for the bullpen relocation and $60,000 for the press box and backstop fence move. That project is still in the planning process. Click here for the proposal details.

General funding for several miscellaneous needs - more than a dozen different small to medium sized funding requests, most deemed to be operations and maintenance expenses were proposed to be funded through the "386 fund", a joint capital project fund with the County. Click here for the proposal details.

North Kitsap Regional Event Center (NKREC):
The City of Poulsbo and the NK School District, two of the other partners in the NKREC (the County is the fourth) submitted three proposals for moving the NKREC forward.

Project 1 - Expansion of trail system - adding approx 1 mile of additional trails through adjacent property, both public and private, for possible cross-country team use, as well as kids getting to school more safely. The request was for $132,000. It needed to be contiguous with the NKREC boundary and was found not to be so. Click here for an overview and this proposal details.

Project 2 - Enhancements at Strawberry Field - the request was for bleachers to accommodate spectators and encourage tournaments; also to purchase goals for soccer and lacrosse, also to encourage use and tournaments. The request is for $16,500, click here for proposal details.

Project 3 - Storm water management funding - There are storm water run-off and potential contamination issues from gravel parking areas at Strawberry Field as well as the main NK High School campus. NKSD was requesting funding to address the Strawberry Field parking area and for a study to enable Ecology grant money for further parking retrofit work. Requesting $132,000, click here for the details of the proposal.

Note: These last two projects are on hold, pending resolution of some partnership agreement modifications.


The previous two projects funded by public funds through the Kitsap PFD:

Gordon Field - In August 2011, construction completed on the first of two artificial turf multi-use fields at the Gordon Field portion of the Fairgrounds. The $1.2 million project will allow year round use for soccer, rugby and lacrosse. The second field will be undertaken when funding permits.


 • North Kitsap Regional Event Center,
located in and around the North Kitsap High School campus, it is planned to include a multi-use recreation and cultural complex; renovated ball fields; and an enhanced pool and performance center.

The KPFD is working closely with project partners, the City of Poulsbo, NK School District and Kitsap County. Please watch this web site for updates as this project develops. More North Kitsap Regional Center information.

Phase 1&2: Four different partners cooperated in the $2.2 million project - the PFD, Kitsap county, City of Poulsbo and NK School District -  to provide artificial turf and resurfaced track for the Stadium, and artificial turf and lights at strawberry Field. The project was completed in November of 2008.

Mesford to Hostmark Trail:
The lastest project was a trail from Mesford to Hostmark parking lot, to provide "swamp-free" transit behind the athletic fields and school buildings. (More details here and pictures here.)



In 2004, the Kitsap Public Facilities District (KPFD) achieved its goal of transforming the Kitsap Fairgrounds and completing the new Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside, a cornerstone of Bremerton’s 5-year revitalization program. Following is a brief overview.

• Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside
KPFD is proud to have helped fund the new Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside. This beautiful waterfront facility opened in August 2004 and can host groups from 10 to 750.

The facility is already exceeding booking projections. The Kitsap Conference Center and adjoining public plaza, fountains and shops are spurring economic growth and will provide enjoyment to Kitsap residents and visitors for years to come.
More Kitsap Conference Center information.

• Kitsap Fairgrounds & Event Center
KPFD funding initiated Fairgrounds Renovation-Phase I. The result transformed the Fairgrounds and Pavilion into a tournament-quality indoor/outdoor multi-sport complex for soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, basketball, badminton, wrestling and volleyball.

This regional center features the 40,000 sq. ft. Pavilion with a multi-sports gymnasium, breakout rooms and elevated seating for major special events. The site includes event camping sites and environmentally sensitive parking lots.

In 2005, KPFD will begin Fairgrounds Renovation - Phase II which involves taking inventory of all sports facilities in the County to establish priorities and then building additional facilities at the Fairgrounds. Please watch this site for update on this project.
More Kitsap Fairgrounds information.
 

Phase II Renovation - involved taking inventory of all sports facilities in the County to establish priorities and then building additional facilities at the Fairgrounds. Improvements have been made to the Loeb Field baseball complex and it has qualified for the 2012 13-year old Babe Ruth World Series, to be held in the latter part of August, 2012.

 Please click here for a Report to the Community.

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