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Fountain Park springs to life

The much anticipated opening of Harborside Fountain Park is 10 a.m. today with a noon ribbon cutting and festivities all day long.

The park is located along First Street between the Bremerton Transportation Center and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The first phase of the project tops out at about $20 million and includes five-copper covered fountains that resemble submarine sails.

Mayor Cary Bozeman has called it one of the most spectacular open spaces in the Northwest.

Children’s activities begin at 10 a.m. Patriotic music will be provided by the Bremerton High School marching band. Malo Combo, a Latin jazz band, will play in the afternoon.

Kitsap Transit is providing free shuttle bus service from the Bremerton Senior Center 1140 Nipsic in Manette and will run every 15 minutes beginning at 10. Other shuttle sites includes and at Shore Drive and Pitt Street for the Cinco de Mama event; the bus stop at Harkins between Pitt and Wheaton Way; Admiral Theatre at Fifth Street and Pacific Avenue; the New Life Assembly Church at Fifth Street and Warren Avenue and the Sinclair Building at 232 Washington Avenue.

Free parking is available on the main floor of the JC Penney parking garage.

The park features about 100 trees that are 80-90 years old that have come from estates in Oregon and Washington, most of which were handpicked by Gary Sexton, the city’s director for economic development. The park includes thousands of plants and shrubs such as Japanese maples.

The project is funded through the Navy, state and city and has two phases — the Fountain Park and Memorial Plaza.

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