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Port Orchard Marina Park set to open

Less than a week after crowds of kids attending the annual Seagull Calling contest no doubt drooled over the shiny new playground equipment near the Port Orchard Marina Park, officials are opening it to the public.

On Friday, shortly after 11 a.m., the Port of Bremerton and the Soroptimist International of Port Orchard will celebrate the official opening of the new playground they built together.

First envisioned by Port of Bremerton Commissioner Mary Ann Huntington, the park idea was then suggested to the Soroptimists when she was asked if she had any projects she needed done.

“They loved it, and took it back to their board, and it was approved,” Huntington remembered.

Club president Billi Gurnsey said the Soroptimists would be spending about $40,000 total on the equipment.

For their part, Huntington said the port donated the land and installed the equipment, after preparing the site by creating a raised, concrete border and adding plenty of soft fill in case of falls.

“The coming together of the Port and the Soroptimists to complete this project is a fantastic example of what can be accomplished with dedicated community partners,” Huntington said, explaining that the port will continue to look for similar opportunities in the future.

“This playground is a collaboration that will make the Port Orchard waterfront a better place for our youth,” Gurnsey said. “With the efforts of Soroptimist International of Port Orchard and the Port of Bremerton, children will now have a playground downtown.”

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