Parks & Recreation


The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to enrich the quality of life by serving the community’s needs for quality and affordable educational and recreational programs, parks and services to all residents and visitors.


It is the vision of the Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Department to be the heart of a healthy community through sustainable, safe, and diverse programs and open spaces, where all residents and visitors feel inspired to live, play, learn, and thrive.


Community Enrichment

We value our community and are committed to providing parks and programs that inspire, educate, and enhance the overall quality of life for our residents and visitors. Through personal interaction and social media, we will engage our community to ensure transparency, accountability, and collaboration.

Inclusiveness & Equity

We value inclusive parks and recreation programs. We respect and honor the diversity of people, ideas, and cultures. We welcome all residents and visitors regardless of age, ability, race, ethnicity, or income level by offering accessible parks and affordable programs.

Health & Wellness

We value the health and well-being of all who visit our parks and participate in our recreation programs. We will strive to maintain the highest quality of standards of safety, function, and beauty, to create a secure environment for all to enjoy.

Stewardship & Sustainability

We value our role as the guardians of the community’s open spaces and are dedicated to responsibly managing and caring for our natural, cultural, and physical resources for current and future generations.

Poulsbo Parks and Recreation typically offers a full range of classes, activities, sports programs, and camps for all ages; rents out facilities at city parks and at the recreation center; and manages 17 city parks totaling 133 acres and 6 miles of trails. Due to Covid 19 impacts, programs are limited at this time.

Program Registration

Due to Covid 19 impacts, the list of available programs and classes has changed. Registration is available online by clicking here, or by phone at 360.779.9898.

COVID-19 Impacts at Poulsbo Parks & Recreation- Updated 9/22/21

The Recreation Center is now open for walk-in assistance and we are excited to be able to see you in person again! Office hours are 8-11:30a & 12-4p. We continue to be available by phone and e-mail as well.

Masks are required by all those ages 2 and older while at the Recreation Center.

Recreation Programs

We are continuing to offer programs outdoors, online and indoors in small group settings. Visit for current program offerings. Each class or program on the schedule has been reviewed to determine if they can be done safely while respecting protocols and social distancing.

City of Poulsbo Parks

City parks and trails are open from dawn-to-dusk. Family restrooms are available at M. Williams Waterfront Park, Lions, Nelson, and Raab Parks.  The restroom at American Legion Park remains closed for now. Please wear masks and respect social distancing while visiting and walking city trails and parks. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Reservations are being taken for the picnic shelters at Raab and Nelson Parks and Austin-Kvelstad Pavilion at M. Williams Waterfront Park .

Please contact Parks and Recreation for any additional information that you might need:

Telephone: 360-779-9898

Email: parksrec@cityofpoulsbo.comcreate new email

Inclement Weather

Weather issues may cause delays or cancellations of programs. We make every effort to send emails if this happens, but please feel free to call ahead if you have questions. Some days we may need to close early.

Parks and Recreation Services

Recreation programs, classes, activities and special events
Poulsbo Parks and Recreation offices are located at 19540 Front Street, just one block north of Martha and Mary Health Care Center. The Recreation Center is now open for in-person service Mon-Fri, 8a-4p, and closed for lunch from 11:30a-12p. We are also happy to serve you by calling 360.779.9898 or e-mailing parksrec@cityofpoulsbo.comcreate new email.

Click here for the current parks and recreation class and activity guide.

City Parks and Trails
A guide to city parks and trails within the City of Poulsbo. Click here for a map and park descriptions.

Facility Rentals
Click here to see city owned facilities to rent, including Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park gazebo, picnic shelters at Raab Park and Nelson Park, and rooms at the Recreation Center.

Community Sign Board Reservations
Information about reserving space to advertise a community event or celebration at one of two sign board sites in Poulsbo. Click hereopens PDF file .

Volunteer Opportunities
Learn about volunteer opportunities in the parks and recreation department by clicking here.

Poulsbo Lodging Tax Grant Program
Click here to learn more about the annual grant program for community events and organizations.

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. Click here to view the brochureopens PDF file . If you have any questions or want to discuss an idea, please call Dan Schoonmaker at 360-394-9774.

Changes in how we get information to you!

We are becoming more efficient in how we get information to you! We have halted the production of the paper versions of our Activity Guide and our no longer mailing them out. A pdf version is available by clicking on the Class & Activity Guide quick link to your right, and we are encouraging people to view our online catalog and register online. Please call us at 360-779-9898 or email us at parksrec@cityofpoulsbo.comcreate new email to be sure you’re on our email notification list. We won’t clutter your inbox – we plan on a monthly email reminding you of upcoming programs or that the next brochure is available. Thank you for your support! – Parks and Recreation staff