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Facilities district members eye stuff for kids
"As the newly appointed Public Facilities District board prepares to meet, childrens' facilities top the lists of two members.District one (North Kitsap) representative Cy Wyse and district two (South Kitsap) representative Cary Bozeman both said the dearth of child-orientated recreation is a thorn in Kitsap's side.We have a dire need for facilities, Wyse said. Boredom is a factor. When kids get bored, they get in trouble.Wyse, a Kitsap resident for 30 years, has helped organize numerous events in his hometown of Kingston and built a sports facility on property he owned.He believes the support is there for other child-orientated facilities. He helped organize a basketball tournament over the Independence Day weekend that drew more than 300 people.All they (kids) want is adults to hear their side of the story and they've got to have something to do, Wyse said. That's the fabric that makes the basket of the community.Bozeman, who is president of the Olympic College Foundation, was a three-term mayor of Bellevue in the 1980s and '90s and a former head of the King County Boys and Girls Clubs. He said the district should determine what resources currently are available and suggested building on school sites so facilities will be closer to children.However, Bozeman is reluctant to come into the group with too many preconceptions. Bozeman was co-chair of a group called King County 2000, which looked into public facilities of King County cities. He said the group did very well until cities in the group started worrying that their needs were not going to be met, at which point the group collapsed.We have to prioritize, Bozeman said. I don't want to come in with any preconceived ideas of what people want. Although money is a major concern with the representatives, both Wyse and Bozeman declined to speculate where the district will get its money.Wyse suggested a cooperative, public-private effort, possibly with the Kitsap community donating labor and land.There are a lot of possibilities if we can get everyone going in the same direction, Wyse said.Both said coming to a consensus will be challenging in a county with a wide variety of needs and wants. Both what kind of facility and where to build it will be hotly debated.Both representatives support building a sports facility, and Wyse also suggested a performing arts center. Wyse said more than one facility probably is needed, but he realizes that might not be fiscally possible. I realize the county doesn't have bottomless pockets, Wyse said. Both also realize it will be a while before anything gets built. Bozeman recalls the eight years it took to build a park in Bellevue, from conception to completion, and Wyse has had to wait out many projects in his 30 years in Kitsap.Capital facilities are long-range plans and take a long time, Bozeman said."