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    Liberty Bay Waterfront Park

    by glabah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kvelstad Pavilion in Poulsbo's Liberty Bay Park
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    I'll not be able to add too much to this description beyond what has already been written.

    This park along Liberty Bay only runs for a distance of about three city blocks, and is one block from the main tourist part of Poulsbo. It was completed in 1976.

    Features include the Kvelstad Pavilion (an oversize gazebo shelter) that is used for concerts and other events, and is available for weddings and other private celebrations.

    There is a staircase down to the edge of the water, and depending on the tides you will find that there is a little bit of a stony beach exposed there that may be interesting to explore. However, most of the "beach" here is really a bunch of rocks that protect the sea wall from tidal and boat wake erosion - which is a very unfortunate set of circumstances, considering what attractions could be here if it were built a little differently.

    On the north end of the park you will find the concrete pathway along the sea wall turns into a wooden walkway over the water (the Liberty Bay Boardwalk) that connects Liberty Bay Park to American Legion Park.

    On the south side of the park you will find there is a structure built on a pier above the water, which includes several restaurants and is also a connection to the public marina that is a very popular feature of Poulsbo.

    While others disagree, in my opinion the view of the Olympic Mountains from this park really isn't worth coming here for, if that is what you are expecting. The true crest of the mountains are hidden behind a small ridge west of town. To really see the mountains, you need to be on top of something a little bit higher. You will find that there is one spot in the downtown area where such a view is available (sort of): the Moe Street Trail

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    American Legion Park

    by glabah Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Located on the far north end of downtown Poulsbo, this little park also sits on the edge of Liberty Bay, and is connected to downtown Poulsbo and to Liberty Bay Waterfront Park by the Liberty Bay Boardwalk.

    Unlike Liberty Bay Park, this park is set within a fairly wild forest environment. The developed parts of the park, such as the picnic tables and playground are quite surrounded by trees and brush that exist in a small preserved section of what the original forest lands must have been like for the settlers here.

    The connection to the Liberty Bay Boardwalk is a fairly wide paved trail.

    Additional connections to downtown Poulsbo are a sidewalk that runs along Front Street. However, this is a busy enough road that walking here is a bit less pleasant than walking along the boardwalk.

    The park name originates from the original ownership of the park, which was American Legion Post # 81. The property was deeded to the city for the creation of this park in 1966.

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    Liberty Bay Boardwalk

    by glabah Updated Jan 24, 2010
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    Heading north from Liberty Bay Park there is a short boardwalk built above the water (high tide) or tidal flatlands (low tide) that connect Liberty Bay Park to American Legion Park. The boardwalk has several benches along its route to allow people to sit and enjoy the view of Liberty Bay. The traffic noise from the busy downtown area is fairly well hidden here.

    The boardwalk, however, is extremely short. On the tourists maps you will find that it simply vanishes off the side of the map. However, in reality, it is perhaps only several city blocks in length.

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    Wander around Poulsbo's Historic Downtown

    by glabah Written Jan 24, 2010
    famous Poulsbo Bakery and Cafe and Welcome Sign

    Downtown Poulsbo has quite a selection of unique gift shops, restaurants, art galleries and other attractions crammed into its historic downtown area. Be sure to take notice of the preserved buildings and newer buildigns built to blend in to the old ones. You will also find some interesting art work painted on the walls of these buildings.

    All of the historic downtown area is pretty much within short walking distance range.

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    Further Down the Waterfront

    by JetlagCity Written Jan 4, 2005

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    waterfront walkway

    I'm not sure what to call the area this wooden walkway goes to - there's a sign that says Arboretum/Causeway, but that sounds a bit grandiose. Suffice it to say, there's a path at the far end of the waterfront (at the opposite end from the Marine Science Center) that follows along the water and leads to another small, grassy park. You won't get a ton of exercise walking along here because it's not that long, but it is quite picturesque.

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    Liberty Bay Waterfront Park

    by JetlagCity Written Jan 4, 2005

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    waterfront park

    Poulsbo's bay is so picturesque, and downtown is only one block from the waterfront, so you can't miss it. There's a small grassy park here that's nice for picnics or admiring the Olympic Mountains and all the boats in the marina. Kvelstad Pavilion is a popular spot with locals for weddings and other festivities.

    There's also a Marine Science Center at one end of the waterfront. It's a nonprofit conservation and education facility with a hands-on tank for children to enjoy. Fees range from $2 to $4.
    http://www.poulsbomsc.org/

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    Wander around Poulsbo's Historic Downtown

    by JetlagCity Written Jan 4, 2005

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    downtown Poulsbo

    This is the main thing we do when we come here, just wander and explore the shops and restaurants up one side and down the other of Front Street. Take in the Scandinavian architecture, murals, food, and items for sale. Smile at the Norweigan street names: Fjord Street, Queen Sonja Vei, Rotten Herring Street, Lindvig, King Olav IV Vei, Iverson, etc.

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    Since this was the purpose of...

    by Sunshine64 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Since this was the purpose of my day trip to Poulsbo, here's more info on kayaking in Liberty Bay.
    The water is calm in Liberty Bay. Anyone can kayak there, regardless of skill level. And the scenery is beautiful. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Rainier.

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