Kitsap County Public Works announces the opening of the new Whispering Firs Stormwater Park on Silverdale Way.

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Stormwater park inauguration!

(Silverdale, WA) -  Kitsap County Public Works announces the opening of the new Whispering Firs Stormwater Park at 12354 Silverdale Way NW.  Silverdale's first stormwater park not only manages runoff from over 115 acres of development from the Ridgetop neighborhood, but also provides a peaceful destination for enjoyment and reflection.

This stunning new park captures runoff, removes pollutants, and manages storm flows through a series of ponds and treatment cells.  Inside the cells, special soils and native plants remove pollutants like oils, metals, and bacteria from runoff before sending it to holding ponds, which slowly release cleaner water downstream to Clear Creek.  This innovative project is the latest in a series of projects in the Clear Creek watershed designed to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and restore habitat around Clear Creek and Dyes Inlet.

The park is currently open for public use.  Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the many public amenities surrounding this facility. Walk the paths around the ponds and landscape features, with their concentric ripples reminiscent of the visual rhythms of water drops in a still pool.  Take in the view of the Olympics, picnic among the trees, or learn about the many ways this park is working to improve water quality in Puget Sound.

Kitsap County Public Works completed the project in June 2019 with an extensive native planting palette provided by the Kitsap Conservation District. The project was designed by N.L. Olson & Associates and Parametrix; and funded by Kitsap County Public Works – Stormwater in partnership with the Department of Ecology who provided $1.5 million in funding towards the $2.5 million project.

The Public Works Stormwater Division will host a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 27, at 1:00 PM.  Contact Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777 for more information. News release provided by Michelle Perdue, the Stormwater Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Stormwater Division of the Kitsap County Public Works. Below are two images taken recently by the coordinators of this project.

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The government of Kitsap County, Washington serves residents in the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. The county was formed out of King County, Washington, and Jefferson County, Washington, on January 16, 1857, and is named for Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish Tribe. Originally named Slaughter County, it was soon renamed. The County seat is in Port Orchard, WA. Call Kitsap1, (360) 337-5777 for County services.

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