NB Kitsap Community
Silverdale, once a small agricultural community on the muddy shores of Dyes Inlet, has blossomed and now boasts myriad shopping opportunities, recreation and leisure activities, an outstanding school district and residential opportunities in single-family and multi-family units.
Dyes Inlet was named for John W.M. Dyes, the assistant taxidermist on an 1841 expedition. The first settlers arrived in Silverdale 10 years later from London.
On January 16, 1857, a petition to form a new county, Slaughter County, was passed; later the name was changed to Kitsap, after Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish Tribe.
A famous feature of Silverdale is its poplar trees, which tower over parts of this once-rural area. They are the same majestic Lombardy poplars that Napoleon had planted on the Isle of St. Helena.
Silverdale, in the heart of Kitsap County, experienced its rapid growth partly due to the Navy’s decision to build a base for Trident nuclear submarines at Bangor and subsequently by its own economic and geographic attractions. Silverdale’s population is now more than 19,000.
Silverdale has been the site of development and expansion of retail, medical, business, recreational and housing sectors in Kitsap County. It is home to Kitsap Mall, a large regional shopping center with nearly 850,000 square feet of retail space. The mall is anchored by Sears, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Barnes & Noble and Cost Plus World Market, with more than 100 other specialty retailers to meet differing shopping needs. Kitsap Mall also features a number of restaurants and the Periscope Play Area for children. The Trails is a new retail development in Silverdale featuring an open court mall and 220,000 square feet of retail space, large movie theater and grocery store. Full build out will be in the fall of 2015 and will include eight restaurants. Other retail developments, including Ross Plaza, Kitsap Place and Towne Center, provide a top-rated shopping experience. Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale recently opened an orthopedic wing and is expanding the hospital. Full build of the new hospital is expected by 2018 and will include their state of the art heart center. Silverdale is the retail and medical hub of three counties.
The Silverdale/Central Kitsap housing market has seen an abundance of new construction and controlled residential development in recent years. Many homes have water frontage and mountain and marine views. Most housing is no more than 25 minutes away from shopping, educational and employment facilities.
Many of Central Kitsap’s most beautiful areas have been captured and preserved in the abundance of parks available for public use. The Silverdale Waterfront Park in “Old Town” Silverdale, where locals eat lunch or relax on a summer afternoon, offers picnicking areas, a playground, marina and a boat ramp. The park and Old Town is the site of the annual Silverdale Whaling Days Festival. The festival has nothing to do with whaling, but the idea is to attend and have a “whale of a good time.” The Old Town Waterfront also hosts the Annual Water Trail Festival. This festival celebrates the national designation of the only water trail in the United States. Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, 5K Color Run are all part of the celebration.
On the other side of town is another attraction: the Rotarians’ Gateway Skateboard Park. A conglomeration of concrete ramps and pipes, the park hosts regional competitions sponsored by skate stores and other groups.
East of Silverdale is the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, home base for all kinds of festivals, conventions and meetings through the year. The county fair held at the end of August is widely known for its rodeo. The Kitsap County Stampede, held on the fairgrounds in Thunderbird Stadium, has been recognized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as a Top 10 rodeo at National Finals.
Silverdale has a branch of the Kitsap County Library in Old Town on Carlton Street. Central Stage Theatre of County Kitsap (C-STOCK), inside the Silverdale Community Center, presents plays through the year featuring local talent. Central Kitsap School District has 12 elementary schools, three junior highs, two high schools, a seventh through 12th grade secondary school, two alternative high schools, one alternative junior high and an off-campus school program for home-schoolers. For information on the Central Kitsap School District call 662-1610 or visit its at www.cksd.wednet.edu.
For any further information please call the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce at 692-6800 or stop in at 3100 Bucklin Hill Road, Suite 100, Silverdale, WA 98383.