KPFD Guiding Principles
#1 Promote Economic Development
Facilities and projects funded by the KPFD must be proven to promote economic development within Kitsap County and surrounding communities.
- A feasibility study is required as part of the application process and presentation to the Board of Directors for funding consideration.
- The WA State Department of Commerce must review all feasibility studies in accordance with WA State RCW 35.57.025.
#2 Ensure Efficient Use of Public Funds
The KPFD utilized WA State sales tax, allocated to the county, to help in building the Kitsap Conference Center, improve the Kitsap Fairgrounds & Event Center, and provide funding for turf fields as part of the North Kitsap Regional Events Center project. The KPFD obtained capital investment funding from bond sales through the county. The facilities garner multiple funding sources from inside and outside Kitsap County, including:
- $1.5 million in federal and state grants for the tournament quality lighting at the Kitsap Pavilion, new baseball fields at the Kitsap Fairgrounds and the fountains on the public plazas of Bremerton Harborside
- $18 million from City of Bremerton
- $1 million matching funds from Kitsap County
These projects also spurred private investments within Kitsap County, including:
- Nearly $20 million from Opus Development Corporation for the Kitsap Conference Center and public plazas at Bremerton Harborside
- $30,000 in-kind contribution from RainStorm for the rainwater/underground recycling system in the Fairgrounds parking lot
#3 Be Innovative and Meet the Needs of the Community
- The newest technologies in parking lot construction were used for both projects, resulting in water recycling and cost savings of approximately 40% or $50,000 a year, avoiding runoff problems at the Fairgrounds.
- The Conference Center underground parking structure boasts enhanced safety and earthquake damage prevention through rebar and tension-framing.
#4 Allow for multi-use options and make available for public use
The Kitsap Conference Center, North Kitsap Regional Event Center, and the Kitsap Fairgrounds & Event Center all feature multi-use options:
- At the Fairgrounds and Event Center, baseball fields have soccer fields in the outfields and share parking, lavatory and concession facilities.
- The Kitsap Pavilion houses basketball, wrestling, volleyball, tennis badminton and community events with removable sports equipment and bleachers, as well as permanently lined sports flooring.
- The Kitsap Conference Center meeting spaces are appropriate for conferences and meetings, weddings, community receptions, commercial and cultural exhibits.
- The artificial turf installed at North Kitsap Stadium, Strawberry Field and Gordon Field are multi-purpose, all-weather fields and can all handle soccer, lacrosse, flag and tackle football and, in a pinch, rugby.
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