Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 30, 2021
“Nobody has supported the Newberry Hill Heritage Park (NHHP) like Silverdale Rotary!” said Tom Coleman, President of NHHP via Zoom at our December 30 Rotary meeting.  He joined our meeting to thank us for our latest Duck Buck Grant to line an artificial pond (also funded with Duck Bucks) that is used by Klahowya Secondary School (KSS) students to study wetlands.  Silverdale Rotary also helped fund an outdoor “classroom” in the park for KSS students. 
Pictured above - artificial wetland project for student learning - materials funded by Silverdale Rotary
“Thank you for your tremendous support on behalf of all the NHHP Stewards, students, and the thousands who annually use the 15 miles of trails in the 1,200 acre park" situated next to KSS.
Also, Tom announced that the NHHP Board voted to allow the Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot to be held at the park “in perpetuity!”  Why? Because our event was the “neatest, best organized” large group event ever – leaving the park in pristine condition after 500 people ran/walked in the 5/10K event on Thanksgiving morning.  Ed Hamilton, 2021 Turkey Trot Chair, thanked Tom and the other NHHP stewards’ help – it’s a great partnership!  Turkey Trot proceeds help students in CKSD (including Klahowya) who are food insecure.
In addition to participating in hands on work parties, Silverdale Rotary has supported NHHP since 2013 with with almost $9,000 in Duck Race proceeds:
  • 2013 - $2,100 for Viewing Platform/Boardwalk (pictured on right)
  • 2013 - $1,000 for Outdoor Classroom
  • 2014 - $1,000 President’s Project – trail signage
  • 2014 - $1,700 for Wetlands Preservation Area
  • 2019 - $1,500 for Completion of N250 Boardwalk
  • 2021 - $1,650 for Pond Liner Installation to Extend Water Hydroperiod for Student Learning
NHHP only gets $2,000 per year from Kitsap County, and given the rising cost of lumber used for wetland boardwalks, bridges, etc., it doesn’t go very far.  Silverdale Rotarians are very gratified that our Duck Race supports the preservation of the flora and fauna in the park, and especially the fact that we have played a role in helping NHHP provide an outdoor environmental learning opportunity for Klahowya students. 
To watch the Zoom recording of Tom’s remarks that includes a lot of details about the park,  click here and start at minute 8:30.  His remarks also include a description of some really exciting future plans, including beaver relocation and the proposed “Blue Hills Trail” from NHHP to the top of Green Mountain. See Blue Hills Trail - Google Slides.