Poulsbo’s Fish Park becomes home to some colorful guests

Inspired by her grandchildren, who visit each summer, Mrs. Sherri Burch embarked on a fun summer project at Fish Park.

“I am continually looking for activities that we can all enjoy, so walks through Poulsbo’s Fish Park were always high on my list. Unfortunately, after three visits they decided Fish Park was boring and they didn’t want to go back,” Burch said.

“I think it’s a pretty cool place, but after looking at it through the eyes of children between 2 and 10 years old, I could see their point,” added Burch.

Burch concluded that she had to come up with something to make Fish Park more captivating and interesting.

“My grandchildren like finding hidden pictures in magazines, so I decided to create a ‘Where’s Waldo’-type game with images of fish and trolls hidden throughout the park, Burch said.

Burch chose fish as her hidden object because of the name of the park, and she chose trolls because trolls are part of Norwegian folklore.

Burch is a member of the Poulsbo Noon Lions Club, with access to the Poulsbo Middle School Leo’s Club, which is facilitated by Kate Ebert, an art and science teacher at the school. With close to 50 members in the club, who have their weekly meetings in the art room, Burch figured there would be several artists who would be willing to draw some pictures for small children to locate as they walked through the park with their families. The club eagerly accepted the project and agreed to paint the pictures.

Eight months later, the project is finally ready for viewing.

“It did take a village to accomplish, but with many people contributing, it has finally come to fruition. I owe a big thank you to the Fish Park Steering Committee for the thumbs up to embark on this adventure, and to the Poulsbo Lions who gathered, cut, sanded, and drilled holes in the wood rounds to prepare them for painting. This would never have happened without Kate and her club, so a big shout out to them too,” said Burch

Burch’s said it was her hope that other children will enjoy locating these artistic treasures as they walk through Fish Park and feel the love that went into the project from people in the community.