Opinion

An opportunity awaits

Residents of Central Kitsap  have a great opportunity in front of them in 2014.

They can be part of carving the future of the Central Kitsap Community Campus located in the main hub of Silverdale.

Plans are underway to build the West Sound Performing Arts Center on the campus which is located between Silverdale Way and Randall Way.

The campus is now home to the Haselwood Branch of the YMCA.

The group backing West Sound Performing Arts Center (WSPAC) has signed a letter of intent with Kitsap County that paves the way for the performing arts center to be designed, built and operated by them.

They are currently in a fund-raising phase and looking for any grant or foundation money that will help get the center built.

The center is needed because there is no auditorium large enough for performances by traveling shows that would like to come to Kitsap County, but won’t until there is a place for them to perform.

Additionally, the center is needed because several of the high schools in Central Kitsap don’t have facilities for their student performances either.

Coupled with those things, the Silverdale Community Center, which is where C-Stock now practices and performs, is old and outdated. When the funds are there to build the new performing arts center, the Silverdale Community Center will be torn down.

Central Kitsap residents, and those throughout Kitsap County, need to get behind the work of WSPAC and get a new performing arts center built.

Residents also need to take part in another possible addition to the community campus.

Volunteers are hosting informational meetings to discuss a new Silverdale Library. The discussions will include whether there is interest in a new library, how it will be paid for, and where it should be built. One possible scenario is to build the library on the community campus, alongside the performing arts center and the YMCA.

It’s a good place for the library to be located, if there is the public support to build one. This is the time to get informed and be a part of that decision.

Whether or not Silverdale ever opts to become a city in and of itself, Silverdale needs to have facilities for its residents. Providing a new performing arts center and a larger library are among them. Get involved and support these additions to the life of this community.

 

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