As the population increases, Central Kitsap needs a community center for all ages and backgrounds to learn, gather and create in a place that invites, engages and inspires. For a community to truly thrive, it needs a strong and vibrant library. This is the first chapter of a new story in Silverdale.
"I think a library provides a window into what a community values; how much it cares for the quality of life of its citizens."
Clear Creek Task Force Founder, Retired
Navy Engineer and Community Advocate
What will the new library provide?
Situated on 1.3 acres of land bordering an estuary on the corner of NW Bucklin Hill Road and Blaine Avenue, the new 10,000 square foot Central Kitsap library will become a focal point of community investment.
• Energy efficient, green design that respects the location’s connection to the adjacent Clear Creek estuary
• Dedicated spaces for children and for teens
• Flexible program space for anything from quiet study to active learning
• Outdoor spaces for programs or relaxation
• Comfortable seating to gather and read, a “living room” for the community
• Coffee and snack bar: a natural fit for a community conversation
How much will our new library cost?
Conservative estimates from our architects suggest a budget near $7 million, which includes the land purchase, site development and construction cost.
Our goal is to raise $7 million in pledges and commitments on or before April 2017. We plan to begin construction in the summer of 2017.
What happens next?
The first thing we must do is purchase the approximately 1.3 acre site for $850,000 by November 25th, 2015. We are having conversations with a few generous library champions regarding this investment. These early gifts will help us take the first step toward making this long-held dream a reality. The Central Kitsap library will boast more parking, arterial access, and an unprecedented connection to the natural environment. We believe Central Kitsap is ready for a library that sets a new standard; a vibrant community center that inspires the county.
To learn more contact Lee Warnecke at 360-475-9179