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Lions Park to add shelter
After seeing the picnic shelters at Evergreen Park become quite popular, the city is set to begin construction on a new shelter at picturesque Lions Park.
Ceremonial groundbreaking took place Friday, Oct. 7 at the park. A group of students from West Sound Technical Skills Center will be responsible for the construction of the shelter which is being funded by a $15,000 donation from the Bremerton Central Lions Club and an equal amount from the Bremerton Community Development Block Grant.
City Councilman Brad Gehring said the shelter has been in the works for a few years since a pair of shelters were removed on the opposite side of the park from where the new one will stand.
"This picnic shelter will be a great addition to this park," Gehring said. "I've seen the Lions' involvement in this park from day one. This (place) has been a big part of my life. This is a special day for me."
Parks Director Ken Mickelsen acknowledged the Lions' contributions as well.
"Without the help of the community and the Lions, much of what you see here wouldn't have happened," Mickelsen said. "This is just a great community project."
"Whenever we need a partner or need help, they're there for us," said City Council president Daren Nygren. "We're very thankful and appreciative of the Lions Club."
Construction was scheduled to begin this week on the shelter. The plan is to have the shelter ready before Christmas, said Eric Erickson, an instructor at West Sound Tech.
"Lions Park has been an ongoing project," said Reg Robinson, a former Lions Club president who spoke at the groundbreaking. Robinson spoke of the park's humble beginnings more than 40 years ago and the fact that the park will continue to develop as the years go on.
"It will be popular," Mickelsen said of the shelters. "The Evergreen Park shelters .. .rent out very well. And there is a great panoramic view of the water here."