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Gig Harbor’s Maritime Playzone Ribbon Cutting is Friday, June 27th at 3pm

Gig Harbor, Wash. – June 19th, 2014 – Mayor Jill Guernsey and the City of Gig Harbor, together with Maritime Playzone Committee, are proud to present the grand opening of the Maritime Playzone and ‘The Captain’s Gig’, a fully redesigned playground, located at City Park at Crescent Creek Park, 3303 Vernhardson Drive, in downtown Gig Harbor. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:00pm on Friday, June 27th.

This new playground is an all-ability, all-inclusive play experience that will give every child a place to play as well as provide easy access for grown-ups of all abilities. The Maritime Playzone includes the ‘Captain’s Gig’, an accessible fishing vessel representing the Purse Seiners, ships used by Gig Harbor’s local fishermen of today, as well as other fun and challenging all-inclusive play equipment.

“We wanted the fishing dreams of children and adults to come alive and kids can begin to imagine themselves discovering the Harbor like Captain Wilkes did in 1841,” says Stephanie Payne, chairperson of the Gig Harbor Maritime Playzone Committee. In addition, visitors will be able to go on a scavenger hunt and look for over one hundred and sixty different sea creatures that are incorporated in the hardscape of the structure.

The redesign of the playground at City Park has been a vision of the community volunteers for over three years. This group is made up of mothers, grandparents, local business leaders, educators, artists, physical therapists and city staff. The construction was made possible through a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Grant, and sponsorship from the following organizations: The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, Shane’s Inspiration, Landscape Structures, Brett Marlo Designs, Harbor WildWatch, Sound Retina, PenMet Parks, The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, J.M.S. Sculpture, the City of Gig Harbor and individual donations from community members.

In addition to the new playground, City Park at Crescent Creek is also home to a visually enticing wood sculpture entitled, ‘Life’. Internationally award winning chainsaw artist Jeffrey Samudosky, of J.M.S. Sculpture, began work on a one-hundred year old Western Red Cedar Tree stump on the park property in August of 2013. Samudosky was inspired by artist Bev Doolittle’s work in which, “the more you look the more you see.” The sculpture is approximately twelve-feet tall and six-feet wide and contains carvings of a large number of marine and wildlife species native to this area.

Gig Harbor, Washington’s Maritime City