Surplus Parks: View PointSeptember 15th, 2013 by tristan baurick
From Bremerton’s View Point Park, you can take in nearly the entire sweep of Sinclair Inlet, with its trees, mountains and aircraft carriers.
The park, which amounts to just under an acre, sits at the end of McCall Boulevard, a residential street that used to connected to the Navy Yard Highway.
Perhaps because it is now cut off from a main arterial, the park gets few visitors beyond the Navy Yard City neighborhood. The park also gets few visits from parks department’s maintenance staff, who long ago shifted the burden of upkeep onto neighborhood volunteers.
The department’s scaled-back maintenance created a stir in a few years ago. Basically, the park was being used as a landfill and the department was doing little about it – other than close it, which wasn’t really working.
When I visited the other day, the park was near-spotless. The grass was trim, the tables and benches were in good order and the trash cans had recently been emptied out.
Credit neighborhood volunteers, says Parks Director Jim Dunwiddie.
“They see an eyesore, and they kind of take care of it,” he said.
Dunwiddie would like the City of Bremerton to take ownership of the park. But since the park is on a little peninsula of county land, Bremerton remains of the position that the county should take care of its own.
Tomorrow’s post will take a look at Kola Kole Park in Kingston.
All of the week’s galleries on surplus county parks are collected under the “Surplus Parks” category in the column to the right.