Each spring the Rotary Club of Kent partners with the City of Kent Parks Department to stock The Old Fishing Hole near Riverbend Golf Course with more than 1,000 fish.
Children under 14 years of age are invited to catch up to 2 fish each FREE!
It is hard to tell who has more fun, the kids or the Rotarians!
HOW IT ALL BEGAN:
In 1999, Kent Rotary helped the Kent Parks Department clean up an old borrow pit the State Highway Department (now Department of Transportation) left after the construction of Highway 516. The pit had filled with water and garbage and was an eyesore at the entrance to Kent. Kent Rotary helped clean up the pit and surrounding property to form a park. Trout Unlimited, Kent Rotary and Kent Parks worked together to form the Fishing Experience. John Perry was the Kent Rotary president. He appointed Patti Knox as Rotary chair woman. Julie Stengel, a Kent Parks director, appointed Barry Fretwell to represent the Parks Dept. Trout Unlimited was represented by Dana Smith. Trout Unlimited continued to participate until their club disbanded in 2003. At that time Bill Stewart was appointed Rotary representative. Kent Rotary bought all new fishing equipment and with Kent Parks has operated the Fishing Experience since. Dave Hobbs became the Kent Parks representative in 2005. Ron Harmon became the Kent Rotary representative in 2014.