Chetzemoka Park is a ten acre park like setting located along Jackson Street between Garfield and Roosevelt Streets in Port Townsend, Washington. The park is known by locals as the crown jewel of the city due in part by its views of the Cascade Mountain range and Admiralty Inlet. The park is highly developed with lots of scenery and greenery. Flower gardens and trees make this park a popular setting for wedding and special events. A bandstand and kitchen facility is used for family gatherings and also popular for wedding receptions.
The park was dedicated in 1904 to the Klallam Tribal Indian Chief. The chief was recognized by many historians to be a comrade to the early settlers and helped to resolve the 1868 Dungeness Massacre. With a lot of history, it is no wonder that this park has been a popular site for decades.
The park is known for its scenery and provides walking trails and winding paths along the wooded cliff. The trail reveals amazing views of Whidbey Island. Shadier settings can be found along the rose garden area. The children's playground above the creek offers a family environment for kids to play while their parents sit on the benches and read. The playground offers playground equipment and swings for children to explore.
The kitchen facility can be rented but advanced notice is required, especially during the summer months. The nearby bandstand offers summer entertainment to park visitors and local bands appear on occasional evenings, weather permitting. Shakespeare in the Park is one of the events that occur at the bandstand regularly.
Wedding events are popular in the park due to the scenery and views the park has to offer. The rolling green lawn is perfectly manicured and the gazebo is a great place to take your vows. While standing in the gazebo, visitors can look over the beautiful roses and shrubs, as well as the backdrop of the Cascades. Evening hours during the summer months provide an ideal time to be outdoors in the park. Wedding guests can enjoy a comfortable 75 degrees with a light breeze stirring up the trees. Reservations must be made well in advance for larger parties requesting the gazebo and kitchen facilities. People travel from all over the state of Washington to take part in events at the park. Wedding seem to be the park's most popular events.
A wide variety of picnic facilities and picnic tables are available throughout the park. Tables are set among the greenery and flower gardens and provide a peaceful and tranquil setting. ADA accessible restrooms are also located in the area. The park is popular for business people enjoying their lunch on a weekday or families taking part of the amenities the park offers on weekends. Whatever event you fancy, Chetzemoka Park can deliver.