• Port of Kingston News

New Port park opens Aug. 15

Updated: Aug 2, 2018

Aug. 1, 2018--The grand opening of the new Port Park on Washington Blvd. is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. The ribbon cutting and remarks by officials, the Port will host and old-fashioned ice cream social.

The $800,000 park cost about $800,000 is located just above the car ferry parking lot and once was the site of the old Kingston Inn.

"The property was purchased for $400,000 by an anonymous donor and then, with the aid of the Kitsap Community Foundation, given to the Port to be made into a park," said Port Executive Director Jim Pivarnik. "We used that to get a matching grant from the State of Washington Recreation Conservation Organization.Since then, we've been working closely with county officials to be sure what we're doing fits into their long-range plans as well.

"Many of the people who helped us make this happen will be at the August 15 opening. I'm hoping lots of local folks come out to thank these folks and show their appreciation," he said.

The new park, with it's copper penny-colored roof and blue heron weathervane, is already a local landmark for some.

"We've already started getting inquiries wanting to know if the gazebo will be available for rent," said Administrative Assistant Lacey Gray. "It seems like it's going to be real popular."