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Parks & Recreation City Parks & Trails

Parks, recreational facilities and open space serve as vital parts of the community’s character. Poulsbo has 16 city parks totaling 137 acres – about one-half of the acreage is developed while the rest is undeveloped or in open space designation. The city also has 5+ linear miles of trails. The city has been active in park development in recent years, making sure that partnerships are used to enhance park projects and activities. Volunteerism and stewardship of the natural and cultural resources within the city has helped shape many city park projects

Poulsbo’s Fish Park – Phase IV        September-December 2020          

Traffic Flow During Construction – Poulsbo’s Fish Park  Summer-Fall 2020

TO:           Property Owners, Business Owners, Bond Rd. residents and City residents

The City of Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to give you an early look at park upgrades that will be happening in late Summer-Fall 2020 at Poulsbo’s Fish Park – your local neighborhood nature park. All of these improvements will be on the Bond Rd. or east side of the park.

The project will include:

  • Renovating the existing parking area on Bond Road for 12 cars
  • Adding 228 lf of 6’ wide boardwalk leading from the parking lot west and into the park
  • Building 560 lf of 6’ wide sidewalk along the west side of Bond Road to the city owned shoreline parcel known as the Lord Property
  • Constructing another 200 lf of 6’ wide boardwalk from the south sidewalk connection onto the Lord Property
  • Clean up and improvements on the Lord Property including split rail fencing and pathway
  • Two viewing platforms (built by volunteers)
  • Invasive removal at the renovated lot and the Lord Parcel
  • Seeding by contractor and mitigation plantings (mostly by volunteers) at the parking lot and Lord Property

Most of the work will be done “inside” the park, except for the sidewalk along the west side of Bond Road. That work will need to be done next to the road. The work will include 560 lineal feet of 6’ sidewalk, a 2’ vegetative buffer between the road and the sidewalk, traffic curb and gutter, and protective fencing on the west side of the sidewalk.

The traffic control plan will require that there always be 2-way traffic during the day. The middle turn lane will be used as a travel lane when needed. For the segment of Bond where there are not three lanes (to the south towards the head of Liberty Bay), the contractor will have to work at night during allowable hours: 9pm-6am. The night work request will need to go to the City Council for consideration.

Below is a map of the project. We hope that you find this work as exciting as we do! For more information or to give input prior to the meeting, please contact:  Mary McCluskey, Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Director  360.394.9772

Centennial Park Arboretum

Centennial Park was dedicated in 2008 in celebration of the city’s first 100 years. In 2018, community volunteers and organizations including Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment spent many hours improving the site by building soft surface trails, restoring riparian habitat along 400’ of Dogfish Creek, and creating new interpretive signage. This park is the site of a former nursery, so many unique and beautiful trees were already flourishing in the park. The Poulsbo Tree Board worked with others to enhance the Centennial Park Arboretum in 2019-2020 with the planting of an additional 17 trees and tree identification signage.

We invite you to enjoy the walk, and hope that your appreciation of trees in the community will be enhanced. The value of trees is endless, and everyone profits from the beauty and benefits that they bring.

Funds for this project were provided by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, administered through the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry program; and the City of Poulsbo.

Click here for the map for the Self-Guided Tour of the Centennial Park Arboretum


Veterans Plaza at American Legion Park

Poulsbo Post 245 passed a major milestone with the completion of the Veterans Plaza in August.  The Plaza was built on the site of a former small parking lot above American Legion Park.  The land for this park was donated to the American Legion by Selmer Myerboe, a World War I veteran and serves as the city’s waterfront park in downtown Poulsbo The Plaza evolved from a concept drawing to reality in a little two years.  In 2017, members of the post debated ideas to celebrate the American Legion Centennial and a plan and design for the plaza was developed.  With the endorsement of the mayor and city council, the park moved forward.   Funds for construction were raised by the sale of engraved pavers.

Many people and entities lent a hand donating time and resources including Post members, volunteer Active Duty military members and members from the Noon Lions Club as well as local contractors.   The memorial plaza will be dedicated at a formal ceremony on Saturday 28 September 2019. Donor bricks are still available by visiting  – Dan Phillips, Past Commander, Poulsbo Post 245

Bench Sponsor Program 2018

The City launched a Bench Sponsor Program in 2017. These benches provide an opportunity to honor a friend, relative or organization through the purchase of the community bench with a personalized plaque that will be installed in one of three areas:

  1. Poulsbo Cemetery (8 new benches will be located at the city cemetery on Caldart Avenue. There are 4 available for sponsorship)
  2. Poulsbo Hillsides (located on different hills around the City)

Brochures on the bench project are located at the 2nd and 3rd floor information areas of Poulsbo City Hall; and at the Parks and Recreation building. opens in a new windowYou can also access the brochure by clicking here.

The Poulsbo Pump Track is OPEN!

The Poulsbo Pump Track is OPEN and ready for YOU!  Located at 20503 Little Valley Road in Poulsbo, the track is home to a variety of rolling hills, jumps and fun.  All age and ability levels from beginners to advanced will enjoy this track using a mountain, dirt, BMX or any other kind of non motorized bike you have. Pump tracks are compact looping trail systems made up of small dirt hills and curves. Once in the loop, bikers only have to pump their handlebars to maintain their momentum through the course. This is a free course, operated by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

Click the link to read the annual report from the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance:
opens in a new window2017 Pump Track Report

2018 Pump Track Report


Poulsbo Skate Park Committee

The Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Department is working with a group of interested citizens to provide a new Skate Park in Poulsbo. The volunteers have discussed a park vision, looked at possible sites, have created a publicity brochure, and discussed project timelines. If you are interested in getting on the interest list, please email Mary at your email address. 

Poulsbo’s Park Recreation and Open Space Plan: 2016-2021

Per the Growth Management Act, the Park Recreation and Open Space Plan must be updated every six years to remain eligible for state and federal grants. The Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Commission, staff and residents spent most of 2015 working on this plan update. The plan was passed by the Poulsbo City Council January 13, 2016, and will be included in the City’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update. Click here to review the  opens in a new window2016-2021 PROS Plan.

Volunteer Opportunities at Poulsbo’s Fish Park

Please join members of Poulsbo’s Fish Park steering committee each month to do needed park tasks.  These stewardship activities add value to our community, both in commitment and matching time for state grants.  These events are great for the whole family, school groups or church groups, and are typically held the 3rd Sunday of each month from 1:00-4:00 pm at the park. If you would like to be added to the monthly notificaton about these opportunities, please send your email to:

2019 Dates:  July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15

City of Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Gifts and Donations

If you enjoy visiting Poulsbo’s beautiful parks or take part in some of the recreational activities and special events that are hosted in Poulsbo each year, you now have a new way to become involved from the ground level. The Parks and Recreation Gifts and Donations brochure gives you ideas about contributing time, money or supplies. You can do this as an individual, family, business, service organization, or community group, and know that you are helping Poulsbo stay beautiful and vibrant.  opens in a new windowClick here to view the brochure.  If you have any questions or want to discuss an idea, please call Mary McCluskey at 360-394-9772.