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Port Townsend City Parks

In town are many easily accessible parks to enjoy for picnicking and playing. Here are Port Townsend's hidden jewels and well-known favorite spots to relax outside. We have listed descriptions about each park after the parks grid.

Contact the City of Port Townsend for Park & Dock Reservations: (360) 379-5047. City Parks Reservation Form >>

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Park No. of Acres Restroom Play Equipment Picnic Facilities Beach Access Buildings Parking
Adams Street .25 None None Picnic Tables Yes None On street
Bell Tower .1 None Bench None None Historic 5 spaces
Bishop 2.5 None None Picnic Tables No None On street
Chetzemoka 5.1 Yes-ADA Yes Picnic Tables Yes Kitchen Shelter 25 spaces
Golden Age Club .5 None None None No Historic None
Courthouse Park 1 city block None Tennis and Basketball Court Picnic Tables No None On street
Elmira Street 1 None None None No Historic 2 spaces
Haller Fountain and Terrace Steps .1 None Benches None No None On street
Pope Marine 1.2 None Yes Picnic Tables Yes Visual Arts Center, View Shelter On street
Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park 80 Yes-ADA None Picnic Tables None Picnic Shelter 20 spaces
Larry Scott Trail 9.2 At Port Trailhead Proposed Yes Yes None On street
Bobby McGarraugh 2 Yes Yes Picnic Tables No Restroom 15 spaces
Memorial Field 4.9 Yes Bleachers, lighted fields None No Yes On street
North Beach 1 None None Picnic Table Yes Picnic Shelter Parking
Rotary Park .1 None None Picnic Tables Yes None None
Sather Park 4.9 None Benches None No None On street
Skateboard Park .1 Sani-can Ramps None No None Yes
Tyler Street Stairs .1 None Benches None No None On street
Union Wharf .2 Public Restrooms Benches None Yes View Shelter On street

City Parks

Adams Street Park - Downtown Port Townsend on Adams Street.
This is a small 0.25 acre downtown waterfront parcel has been planted with beds of flowers and ornamental grasses. Future plans include a simple landscape design providing a comfortable and safe place to gather and enjoy the view of Port Townsend Bay.

Bell Tower - Jefferson Street, overlooking Port Townsend.
Built in 1890, the tower was historically used for fire calls. Its 0.1 acre site has benches for viewing the spectacular vistas of Port Townsend Bay and the downtown district.

Bishop Park - Located off of Sims Way.
This park, approximately 2.5 acres, consists mostly of primitive trails which wind along the ravine through the foliage and under the native trees. Adjacent to Sims Way, this is the only City parkland in the rapidly developing southwest portion of town. This park will remain primarily "open space" with trails; no additional facilities are planned.

Bobby McGarragh Park - Off of Cherry Street between P and Q Streets in Port Townsend.
This 2 acre park site sits in a south facing depression sheltering users from the wind. The park contains a grass area, picnic shelter and children's play equipment. The park name was changed in 1996 to honor a City Parks Department employee, the late Bobby McGarraugh. This quiet park is a great place to bring young children.

Chetzemoka Park - Jackson and Blaine Sts. off of Monroe in Port Townsend. View Map
This 5+ acre park, located on the hillside overlooking Admiralty Inlet, has a commanding view of the Cascade Mountains. The keystone of Port Townsend's parks, this Victorian park was established in 1904. The name honors the local Indian leader who befriended Port Townsend's early settlers.

This park's beautiful flower gardens, tropical water garden, picnic areas and shelter, play equipment, ADA accessible restrooms and bandstand,modeled after the original, makes it a favorite place for gatherings and weddings. There is also access to the park's beach and extensive tidelands. The caretaker's house is used as a park shop facility, office, and meeting space. New play equipment, proper surfacing and borders provide a safe place for children to play and families to gather.

Contact the City of Port Townsend for Park & Dock Reservations: (360) 379-3951.

Golden Age Club - Jackson and Blaine Sts., Port Townsend.
Formerly part of the coastal defense system, this piece of city property adjoins Chetzemoka Park. The site is presently used as a wetland plant nursery.

Courthouse Park - Jefferson Street, Port Townsend
Adjacent to the Jefferson County Court House, this park offers stunning views of the Port Townsend Bay and the Olympic Mountains. An informal playfield, tennis court and basketball court provide recreational facilities. For info call Tennis In The Parks - Jefferson County Parks and Recreation 385-2221, Tennis After School Programs - Jefferson County Family YMCA 385-5811

Elmira Street Park - Elmira Street off Cook Street, Port Townsend
This 1 acre park provides access, for foot traffic only, to the bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. No improvements are planned for this park.

Haller Fountain and Terrace Steps - Downtown Port Townsend on Washington Street.
This 0.1 acre landscaped staircase connects the upper and lower sections of the central part of the City. Haller Fountain statue stands at the foot of the steps with benches for viewing and resting. A new bronze replica of the statue was created in 1993 to replace the badly damaged and deteriorated original that was made of pot metal. Future plans include installation of the Rhododendron Royalty Hand Prints in this park.

Pope Marine Park - Located on the water across from City Hall where Water and Madison Streets cross. View Map
This 1.2 acre park is a popular public waterfront facility. Along Port Townsend's main street and located across from City Hall, this park is comprised of City Dock, Pope Marine Visual Arts Center, picnic area, lawn and playground, complete with a climbing tower and swings. It is adjacent to the Jackson Bequest (a tidal clock and wave viewing gallery). This park is dedicated to John B. Pope, retired City Parks Department supervisor.

The dock features a floating dock for temporary moorage. The historic building that once stood over the water, was moved upland and is known as the Pope Marine Visual Arts Center, serving as a public meeting space and conference center. Fees are charged for use of the Pope Marine Building and for commercial use of City Dock.

Built in 1987 with a bequest from Mrs. Ruth Jackson, this park features a concrete sculpture referred to as the "Tidal Clock". As part of the sculpture a structure was built along the water's edge named the "Wave Viewing Gallery". Sand beds with native beach grasses and beach peas and large pieces of driftwood enhance the beachscape.

The City is currently rebuilding the play structure and area and improve the park for all ages with sitting areas, play equipment and picnic tables. Completion in late 2010.

Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park - Near the Haines Place Park-N-Ride, this park borders the Lagoon on 14th, between Kearny and Haines Streets. View Map
This park located in the center of Port Townsend, encompasses 25 acres of open water, 15 acres of wetlands, and 40 acres of uplands for a total of 80 acres of natural area. This brackish wetland on the Pacific Flyway is used for waterfowl nesting, resting, and feeding. It is a unique natural facility creating a dramatic and arresting entry into Port Townsend. Criteria has been established to preserve the lagoon and surrounding lands; to protect and encourage waterfowl nesting and use; to enhance wildlife habitat using native species; to provide walking and jogging trails compatible with the wildlife habitat; and to provide handicap access to some of the eastern perimeter of the lagoon. It is a beautiful place to take a walk, enjoy a picnic and watch the natural side of life unfold.

Larry Scott Memorial Trail - From the Boat Haven and along Port Townsend Bay and out toward 4-Corners. View Map
A section of abandoned railway grade was converted to a trail with terminus at the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven and dedicated in September 1998. It could eventually extend all the way to Port Angeles providing one of the most scenic routes for alternative travel on the Olympic Peninsula. The trail has now been completed past the new Cape George trail-head to Edwards Rd. A volunteer-constructed trail has also been completed past Edwards Rd. to Douglas Way, just north of the golf course on Discovery Rd. The county is currently working to finalize a route from there to 4-Corners.

Memorial Field - Downtown Port Townsend on Washington Street. View Map
Jefferson County owns and maintains this 4.9 acre playfield facility which has bleachers, restrooms, and lighted multiple use playfields for soccer, football, and baseball. Several events throughout the year are staged here, such as the Classic Car Show and the Rhododendron Festival Carnival.

North Beach Park - Kuhn Street past the fairgrounds. View Map
The 1 acre of waterfront is one of the few public access beaches on the north end of the Quimper Peninsula. It is an excellent beachcombers' starting point for walks in either direction. The park adjoins Fort Worden State Park making this park a popular destination for hikers. The site includes mowed grass area, rest rooms, picnic shelter, water and parking.

Port Townsend High School - Located uptown off Benton & Blaine.
Tennis Courts only. For info call Tennis In The Parks - Jefferson County Parks and Recreation 385-2221, Tennis After School Programs - Jefferson County Family YMCA 385-5811

Rotary Park - Located next to the State Ferry Terminal near US Bank.
This 0.1 acre "pocket park" next to the state ferry terminal, was built by the Rotary Club and is used principally by the ferry patrons. This small landscaped park has picnic tables, benches and a drinking fountain.

Sather Park - Found on Adams Street between Foster and Cosgrove Sts. View Map
This quiet Morgan Hill area park with a clearing for gathering and trails for exploring is surrounded by tall firs, native trees and shrubs. Located in the middle of a residential section of town, this undeveloped 4.9 acre park is home to much of the wildlife found in the developed areas of the City and serves as a green space buffer in a densely populated neighborhood. An informal play field east of Sather Park receives frequent use by the neighborhood. Skatepark

Skateboard Park - Located at Monroe Street between Washington & Jefferson Streets. View Map
This world class park was designed and built by Dreamland Skateparks and opened in May of 2006. The facility has advanced deep bowls, rails, a beginner section, drinking fountain and a “sani-can” style toilet facility. The park is located downtown within walking distance of shops and restaurants.

Tyler Street Stairs - Washington and Tyler Streets. View Map
This stairway connects Washington Street to Downtown Tyler Street. The 0.1 acre steeply sloping site features benches for casual socializing and resting.

Union Wharf - Located in the central downtown business district, Port Townsend. View Map
Union Wharf was removed and reconstructed after this historic waterfront dock collapsed. The new dock features a timberframe construction and informational plaques about natural wildlife and eelgrass bed concerns. It is a great place to visit and watch the boats in the bay.


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