Poulsbo is a city in Washington State that has numerous parks for its residents to enjoy whether you want to relax and enjoy being at one with nature or prefer to indulge in more strenuous outdoor activities. Luckily there are plenty in the area to choose from so you will be sure to find one that you like. Liberty Bay Waterfront is one of several parks in Poulsbo that is very popular with the local community. This park is situated alongside Liberty Bay and covers a distance that is equivalent to three city blocks. Additionally, Liberty Bay Waterfront is also just a block from Poulsbo’s main tourist park. It completed in 1976 and has a number of features including the Kvelstad Pavilion, which is an oversized gazebo shelter that is mainly used for concerts, wedding ceremonies, private celebrations and other special events. The park also has a staircase that runs down to the edge of the water. Depending on the tide, you might find a stony beach at the end of the staircase, which is intriguing and fun to explore. However, like all good things, the park also has a few minor disadvantages not least the fact that most of its beach area consists of rocks, which were originally placed there to protect the coast line from tidal erosion. Some residents wish this had been built a little differently as they feel it takes away from the area’s natural attraction and if the beach was even made up of fewer rocks, many believe this could have made a difference to its overall appearance.
At the northern end of the park, there is a concrete pathway that runs along the sea wall, before turning onto a wooden walkway that goes over the water to connect the park with the American Legion Park. This wooden walkway is usually referred to as the Liberty Bay Boardwalk. The south side of the park is deemed to be the park’s best part of it all, as it features a structure built on a pier above the water with a number of bars and restaurants. This structure also connects to Poulsbo’s popular public marina. The park also offers views of the Olympic Mountains however there are better places in the area to get a really good view of the mountains aside from the park, as it is a too low down and better vistas can be obtained a little higher up. There is a small ridge just west of the tow which is perfect for this purpose and there also a spot in the downtown area, on the Moe Street Trail, where a good view of the mountains is possible.
The American Legion Park is another option that is worth considering and this is located on the far north of the downtown area in Poulsbo. The park gets its name from its original ownership, the American Legion Post # 81 and although it is a bit small in comparison to other parks, this one also connects to Liberty Bay Waterfront Park by the Liberty Bay Boardwalk it is renowned for its rustic and fairly wild forest-like setting with most of the developed parts surrounded by trees and brush.