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Volunteers make difference at city park

By CHARLES MELTON

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Days after voters shot down the city’s proposed property tax levy lid lift, which would have provided funding to improve the city’s parks, a group of volunteers stepped in to help clean up Upper NAD Park on the south end of Kitsap Way.

With some assistance from city parks and recreation employees, about half a dozen residents went to work with pruning shears, crowbars and other hand tools to wage war against the swarm of English ivy that threaten trees in the area.

“This is a fabulous asset to the city, and we have to take care of it,” Bremerton City Councilman Nick Wofford said.

Wofford represents District 9, which stretches from North Lake Way to Shore Road and includes Kitsap Lake and a long section of waterfront, which includes the park.

“The oldest trees in the area are here and we have to do what we can do to keep them,” he said.

While volunteers concentrated their efforts on trees near the park’s entrance, Wofford said there is much more than can be done to improve the park in the future.

“We would like to take this to the waterfront and create more public access to it,” he said.

However, with the parks levy failing, the city doesn’t have enough money to fund those types of improvements, Wofford said.

The work party brought Kitsap Lake Neighborhood Association president Mark Kuhlman out to the park as Mother Nature provided a brief respite from the onslaught of rainy weather.

“I think it’s a great asset to the area, and I’m not sure many people are aware of it,” Kuhlman said.

The Kitsap Lake Neighborhood Association didn’t become actively involved in the park until the Bremerton School District discussed the idea of locating a middle school on the property, he said.

“We want to keep it,” he said. “This is a very special place.”

Although there weren’t many volunteers at the park Saturday, Kuhlman credited Wofford for his efforts to keep residents informed of what is happening in their district.

“He’s done a great job,” Kuhlman said.

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