(Port Orchard, WA) - The play equipment at
Silverdale Waterfront Park where children scrambled over and bounced around
for 25 years finally succumbed to the heavy use and harsh weather that blows
in saltwater from Dyes Inlet bordering the park. Now, the Kitsap County
Parks Department has a $178,000 playground makeover underway and a
ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, March 26.
Commissioner Ed Wolfe invites children from all over Central Kitsap and
beyond to join the county in celebrating the new equipment.
“As one of our area’s most popular outdoor
parks, we wanted to re-invest to make it, once again, an outstanding,
long-lasting family playground. It’s a beautiful asset for Silverdale. The
new structures are safe and designed to withstand new generations of
adventurous kids,” remarked County Commissioner Ed Wolfe.
The old playground equipment was expected to
last 15 years but remained in use for a decade longer. Many of the metal
support poles were rusted and cracked. The spring-rider toys, meant
for toddlers, were broken many times over and a teeter-totter beyond repair
was recently removed. The playground is the centerpiece of the 2.3-acre
park, located at 3337 NW Byron Street, which also features a saltwater
beach, restrooms, gazebo and picnic shelter.
After much research and interviewing families
who frequent the park, the Parks Department found equipment for multiple
ages and abilities, and fun for a single child or a whole classroom. It also
fits the existing play surface, and includes a Kompan Fantasy Ship for ages
2-8 years, a climbing dome for older kids and an individual “spinner.”
“We were looking for durable and exciting
equipment that offers age-appropriate physical challenges at many levels and
a lot of exploratory fun,” said Steven Starlund, Parks Planner. “We wanted
aesthetic designs and colors to fit the seashore and nautical setting.
Research led us to find replacement equipment which offered children choices
to play independently, or socialize, and be free to invent their own style
Other park improvements are planned for the
near future. As funding becomes available, a second phase will include new
swing sets, picnic tables and park benches. Shade trees, a colorful border
of perennial flowering plants and small shrubs will be planted, providing
year-round beauty and improving the overall ecological nature of the seaside
“I see the updating and improving of our
county parks as an investment in the health and well-being of families,”
said Kitsap County Parks Director Jim Dunwiddie. “Studies show that outdoor
play enhances kids’ physical abilities and socialization. What could be
For more information on Kitsap County Parks, visit
www.kitsapgov.com/parks or call (360) 337-5350.