Kitsap County Public Works announced last week the opening of the new Whispering Firs Stormwater Park on Silverdale Way.
Silverdale’s first stormwater park manages runoff from over 115 acres of development from the Ridgetop neighborhood and also provides a peaceful destination for enjoyment and reflection, a press release states.
The new park captures runoff, removes pollutants, and manages storm flows through a series of ponds and treatment cells.
“Inside the cells, special soils and native plants remove pollutants like oils, metals, and bacteria from runoff before sending it to holding ponds, which slowly release cleaner water downstream to Clear Creek,” the release states.
“This innovative project is the latest in a series of projects in the Clear Creek watershed designed to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and restore habitat around Clear Creek and Dyes Inlet.”
The park is currently open for public use. KCPW completed the project in June, 2019 with an extensive native planting palette provided by the Kitsap Conservation District. The project was designed by N.L. Olson and Associates and Parametrix; and funded by Kitsap County Public Works in partnership with the Department of Ecology, who provided $1.5 million in funding toward the $2.5 million project.
The Public Works Stormwater Division will host a special ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, June 27 at 1 p.m. Contact Kitsap1 at 360-337-5777 for more information.