Happy trails sought throughout Kingston

KINGSTON — A long-awaited trail that a group of residents has been seeking may have just been found.

Residents in the Kingston Farms neighborhood, between Lindvog and Parcells Roads, will have a chance next week to hear about an option that will allow walkers and bicyclers access to downtown Kingston without taking the highway.

The Kingston Parks, Trails and Open Space Committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Kingston Community Center. Officials from Kitsap County Public Works and Department of Community Development will discuss with residents the possibility of establishing a non-motorized trail to connect Lindvog and Parcells roads using private and/or public property.

Committee member Walt Elliott said his group, which is acting a facilitator in this event, has found residents want easier, non-motorized access to the urban area of Kingston.

For the past 30 years, there has been an unofficial trail that leads from the end of Kingston Farms Road to the north end of Lindvog Road through private and public property.

“We interviewed about a dozen families that use the current easement at the end of Lindvog that connects with Kingston Farms Road that has been used by neighbors for more than 30 years,” Elliott said.

However, the last 654 feet of the trail is a county right-of-way and is being petitioned by an adjacent property owner for vacation. When a right-of-way is vacated, its rights return to the property owner, explained Rob McGinley of the right of way division with Kitsap County Public Works.

There is also a tax-title strip adjacent to the right of way that the owner is interested in purchasing.

At Monday’s meeting, McGinley said he will talk with residents to see if that particular piece of property would fit into a public trail system in the area.

This could be done if residents are willing to participate by granting easements of portions of their property to the county for a public trail.

Because the county doesn’t have funds to purchase land for trails, it is looking to the residents for cooperation, McGinley said.

“That’s why if they are willing to participate in a grant easement, it’s almost like a donation,” he said.

But if residents are opposed to the idea, there are other options.

Members of the public works department and KTPOS brainstormed this summer on alternative trails to connect the two roads.

One option is to develop an existing county easement off Shorty Campbell Road and connect it to 272nd Place, Elliott said. The easement was part of a road grid that was never developed.

While a ravine runs through that easement, there is also the possibility of constructing a bridge to support bicyclists and horse riders, McGinley said.

The other two options include clearing out and developing pathways on the existing public easements from St. Peter’s Road east to Lindvog or from Berry Road (off Lindvog) west to Leprechaun Road.

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