Waterfront playground closed for installation of new surfacing

The messy wood chips that cover the ground around the Silverdale Waterfront Park’s playground are no more.

The popular playground closed yesterday for the installment of a new Nike Grind playground surface made of the thousands of used athletic shoes collected during the Reuse-A-Shoe project of Leadership Kitsap and Kitsap County Public Works. Organizers collected more than 24,000 used athletic shoes, far exceeding their original goal of 10,000.

“We collected more than enough shoes to cover our surface, we were thrilled,” said Terri Washburn of Kitsap County Public Works.

It’s the goal of Dennis Oost, parks project coordinator at Kitsap County Facilities, Parks and Recreation, to have the project completed in time for Whaling Days at the end of July — the park’s busiest time of the year.

The project began yesterday with the removal of 40 yards of wood chips by local Navy volunteers. But those chips will not go to waste. Just as the thousands of used athletic shoes were

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