Naval Avenue home to new fitness park

Bremerton School District Assistant Superintendent  Linda Jenkins (center) cuts the ribbon on the new Naval Avenue fitness park. - Wesley Remmer/staff photos
Bremerton School District Assistant Superintendent Linda Jenkins (center) cuts the ribbon on the new Naval Avenue fitness park.
— image credit: Wesley Remmer/staff photos

Site includes a jungle gym, paved track.

A new fitness park complete with a jungle gym and paved track has Naval Avenue Early Learning Center students and staff running in circles with excitement.

The project was made possible through Bremerton School District (BSD) grants and a donation from the Bremerton Central Lions Charitable Foundation.

“It’s just something the Lions Club embraces,” said Jeff Reynolds, chairman of the Seafood Dinner and Auction Committee.

The Seafood Dinner and Auction Committee organizes an annual seafood dinner to raise funds for the Lions Club, with this year’s funds going directly to the Naval Avenue track.

“The (Lions Club) does things every year to give back to the community,” Reynolds said, adding the club also allocated $50,000 to upgrade Lions Park.

The dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Admiral Theatre and the community is encouraged to attend.

“It’s a great, upscale event,” Reynolds said.

A silent auction — cruises, a golden retriever puppy, art and jewelry are among the goods up for bid — and a complimentary champagne reception, along with dinner, highlight the event.

While more people are learning about the new track at Naval Avenue, school officials want to spread the word. Naval Avenue also is hosting fitness classes at 3 p.m. every Wednesday as part of the school’s effort to embrace the fitness park and spread the word that the track is open to the public.

“The best part is when I drive to work every morning, there’s people walking around the track,” Naval Avenue Principal John Welsh said. “It’s becoming part of our community.”

Reynolds added that the track also has benefited workers and residents of the nearby Naval base, giving them a track to exercise on.

“The Navy is really excited about it,” he said.

Mayor Cary Bozeman, who has expressed concern in reducing childhood obesity not only nationwide, but in Bremerton, encouraged Naval Avenue students to take advantage of the new park, as did BSD Superintendent Bette Hyde.

“This is an exciting day for you,” Hyde said to a crowd of students eager to race around the track. “This is a great opportunity.”

The new track at Naval Avenue is located at 900 Olympic Ave.

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