Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Fountain Park on the Bremerton Boardwalk

Discovered this little park on the waterfront in Bremerton completely by accident last summer.  Alex and I ran over to try a Coldstone Creamery ice cream treat, then went for a walk to find this little hidden jewel right beside the ferry dock. Have to confess that even though I live here, I don't always read the local paper so I didn't realize that The Fountain Park was even built.

The park features 5 copper ringed fountains, built by a company that also designed the famous fountains at the Bellagio in Vegas. The fountains represents many things, not only about Bremerton's proud heritage of the Naval presence here in the Northwest, but also  represents the ever present reminders of being surrounded by our volcanic geology in the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Can you maybe also see spouting whales?

For me, the fountains clearly remind me of submarine "sails"  (conning towers) headed out of the Puget Sound. Living here, this is a common scene that we take for granted.  We probably shouldn't... if you ever get a chance to see a glimpse of a big Trident submarine, it is really something amazing! Better yet, watching the aircraft carriers come in, completely dwarfing the Washington State Ferries, and taking up Rich Passage and Sinclair Inlet entirely!

During the summer the fountains are full of water dancing with their own special synchronization to music.  Kids have a ball running in and out of the water spray.  Believe me, I was tempted, but Alex was embarrassed by his silly mom! Gorgeous landscaping, and sculpted granite pieces complete this great space. Lots of opportunities to photograph the  four seasons!

Heard a rumor from a friend that gray whales had been spotted near here, so I jumped in the car yesterday afternoon to see if I could find any.  No such luck, it appears that they might have been chasing the smelt run into Sinclair Inlet and then left.  As it started to get dark, I noticed that the lights in the park were slowly coming on. With frozen fingers,  I did manage to get a few pictures to share.

If you are in the Puget Sound area, this is really a great place to visit! Take a walk along the boardwalk, have a little something to eat at Anthony's Homeport while watching the ferries come in and out from Seattle, then wander over and enjoy The Fountain Park.

Here's a little bit more info for you!  The City of Bremerton - Harborside Distict

Merry Christmas to all of my readers!


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