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Designs on a community’s dream

A new Silverdale library/senior housing center is planned to be the cornerstone for the Central Kitsap Community Campus planned for what’s now a mostly vacant parcel located between Poplars Avenue and Randall Way  in downtown Silverdale. - Architect’s rendering by Buffalo Design
A new Silverdale library/senior housing center is planned to be the cornerstone for the Central Kitsap Community Campus planned for what’s now a mostly vacant parcel located between Poplars Avenue and Randall Way in downtown Silverdale.
— image credit: Architect’s rendering by Buffalo Design

Two new signs now designate the area of the future Central Kitsap Community Campus, displaying the vision that has now been six years in the process.

Plans for the site include a new Kitsap Regional Library, senior housing, community, youth and senior centers, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and cultural and recreational facilities which are all listed on the new signs. There also are plans for an outdoor swimming pool and a performing arts center.

“Now it’s visible,” said Hank Mann-Sykes, president of the Central Kitsap Community Council and co-chair of its community and government relations committee.

Currently Mann-Sykes and other volunteers, including Rob MacDermid who is chair of the Community Campus Task Force, are forging ahead with the vision.

The two joined Natalie Bryson, who is a co-chair with Mann-Sykes on the community and government relations committee, and Silverdale library branch manager Barbara Stevens to present the new signs last week.

“We want a walkable community,” Bryson said. “(The campus) needs to be what

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