Volunteer of the Year


Art Ellison can’t sit still and no one is complaining. In fact, Art’s need to stay busy has earned him Kitsap County Parks and Recreation’s 2023 Volunteer of the Year award mostly for his unstoppable work to maintain, improve and spread the word about the Hansville Greenway.

                “I was surprised by the award,” Art says. He received the honor at the Kitsap Park’s volunteer appreciation lunch on October 28.

                Since 2002 Art has bestowed on the Greenway the skill and experience he gained working in recreation, fire control, and timber management for the U.S. Forest Service.

                Art’s knowledge of trails was a windfall for Greenway founder Sid Knutson. Since Sid recruited him, Art has helped build and maintain miles of trails on land bordered by Hood Canal Road, Twin Spits Road and Point No Point. He managed the stewardship program in which volunteers regularly travel the trails and report on their condition.

As a trained sawyer, Art is often one of the volunteers who responds to fallen trees on the pathways. He’s a regular volunteer on crews that trim, mow, repair and improve the Greenway. For the last 10 years or so he has helped the Parks and Recreation personnel teach chain saw use and safety to county volunteers.

                He’s served as Greenway Association president and treasurer and is currently the Greenway’s media relations manager, in charge of the website he designed.

                “As long as you’re moving, you’re not stuck,” Art says, and he’s made certain he keeps moving. In addition to his Greenway work, Art started an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group and helped with Hansville’s annual rummage sale. And he never stops searching for more Greenway volunteers.

                For Greenway volunteer information, contact Art at afellison21@gmail.com.

Cynthia Taggart