Bridging Bremerton Returns - Event Details

It's a Story Walk for the ages. On Saturday, June 22, Kitsap Sun Reporter Josh Farley will host the second annual all-day festivities celebrating Bremerton's two bridges and all of the artifacts along the 3-mile trail that surround them.

All walks will begin at Evergreen-Rotary Park; specifically, the World War I memorial next to the park's boat launch. All walks are free, just RSVP to  or on Facebook and be prepared to walk about three miles!

 
RSVP to Josh Farily at:  or on Bridging Bremerton's Facebook page! 

Here’s the line up of option: 

8 a.m. Healing the Salish Sea: How nature can be nurtured to restore Puget Sound. The walk will head around the shores of Evergreen-Rotary Park, once a heavy industrial area including oil piers, a lumber mill and garbage dump. Chance Berthiaume, the city of Bremerton's stormwater manager, will discuss how the park has been doubled in size and been reborn thanks to cleanup efforts.

After a walk across the Manette Bridge, Suquamish Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman will speak at the Domstad Viewscape. Forsman has extensively studied the Suquamish Tribe's history in the Bremerton area, memorialized on a nearby plaque. 

8 a.m. Run the loop with Kitsap Sun Editor David Nelson: Those who feel up to running the loop rather than walking it will head out across the Narrows before joining up the Salish Sea walk at the Domstad Viewscape to enjoy Suquamish Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman's talk.

10:30 a.m. Wet Paint: The art of the bridge loop with live painting at Manette's art wall: Enjoy a tour of the art and architecture that has bloomed and will blossom before our very eyes along the bridge trail. Artists Ben Gannon and Joey Veltkamp will join the walk near the Manette Bridge to talk about the city arts commission's "green paint" and growing mural project. Next, an engineer from the city will talk about plans to construct new sidewalks and a roundabout at the bridge's west end. 

From there, we'll walk to the Manette art wall, where artist Jonathan "Fro" Perry and others from Olympic College and elsewhere will paint on this relatively new community treasure. College professor Marie Weichman will be there to answer questions about how the wall got its start. 

After crossing the Warren Avenue Bridge, we'll hear from Jeff Coughlin, an owner of a 1918-built Bremerton home about how a century-old government project transformed Bremerton's housing stock. 

10:30 a.m.: Bike ride with Bremerton City Council members Kevin Gorman and Lori Wheat plus bike rodeo for kids: Adults can trek onto nearby city streets with two of their city representatives, while kids will be able to take a biking basics class with West Sound Cycling Club at the park.   

1 p.m. Treasures in the Tidelands: Join tideland experts from the Kitsap Beach Naturalists, Washington State University, University of Washington's Sea Grant, Western Washington University's SEA Discovery Center and Harbor WildWatch as we trek from Evergreen to low tide at Lions Park on the east side. Participants will get to dig into their curiosity on a Puget Sound beach teeming with life.

1 p.m. Bridging Bremerton Scavenger Hunt: The ultimate event for kids, who will take a treasure map and collect 12 clues along the 2.8 mile bridge-to-bridge trail. If they're successful, they'll win a special wooden medallion. The medallion, handcrafted here in Bremerton at a local studio, will also be good for a free visit (for them and a parent/guardian) to a mighty Navy ship in the area.

1-4 p.m. Block party at Seaside Church: The church, next to Evergreen-Rotary Park, is hosting a neighborhood block party complete with food, entertainment and games for kids, including a bounce house, climbing wall and face-painting.

4 p.m. Dark History Pub Crawl: The final event will be a half-loop walk from Evergreen-Rotary Park across the Manette Bridge to Manette. Participants will receive a stamp and will enjoy a five-venue tour of speakers that will tell the seedy tales of Bremerton's past. This event is in conjunction with the Kitsap County Historical Society and Museum.