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“Thanks for the dream wedding!”
Review of Chetzemoka Park

Chetzemoka Park
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Owner description: This popular waterfront park was established over a century ago.
Reviewed September 4, 2013

I have always wanted to get married here since I was a kid, and finally did. The only thing is, and being from a big city where folks rent parks with permits for weddings like crazy, we went to City Hall and they will only book and take money for ONE wedding a week! So, we had to chance it, make plan B, decide what to do if someone else came, etc. Could have lived without the stress. The clerk told us the city was too 'broke' to clean it; but if they took people's money, wouldn't that help? There was a wedding the day before, so the site was clean. It had rained the day before, so the air was fresh, the sun shining and it couldn't be prettier. Seems to me, coming from Portland with the famous Rose Gardens and others that are booked back to back every 2 hours, why not take the money? or, some cities don't charge the insurance, and I read about renting a pavilion for $20. No one tells you there is a limit, just one of those weird Port Townsend things they don't see forests from trees. Mke money to make improvements here.There are so many destination weddings in PT, but not a wedding shop for miles and no way to really co-ordinate an event. The city could have made, according to their website, $150-200 a pop for weddings. I'm not saying I wasn't happy to have a free wedding, plus we saved doing everything for the ceremony ourselves, just the peace of mind of a permit would have been nice. As it was, our bridesmaid had to shoe off people that were trying to get in our food, like it was a free public potluck, so we had to keep someone on the site as we decorated at all times. It was, indeed, a beautiful wedding!

Thank Lisa W
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

September is likely not the best time for viewing, but we appreciated the signage and the special features such as the creek, bridge and arbor. The largest bears breeches I have ever seen and the holly was lovely.
This time of year it is not so much of a viewing destination as it is a nice place to stretch your legs.

Access to waterfront.

Thank Vickie W
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Most people visiting Port Townsend think of Fort Worden as "the park" in town, but Chetzemoka (chet-zuh-moca) is pleasant, more compact and often shadier with great views, trellised roses and pick nick tables near the swings. If you just want a peaceful, picturesque place to stop and have a sandwich or kill an hour walking in the garden with a detour to the beach, Chetzemoka would be my first choice. But be aware that the tides really make a difference here and at high tide (especially in winter) there may not be much exposed beach to walk on. If you're tide-lucky it's a relatively short walk to Hudson Point and downtown PT from here.

Thank Anita E
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

A great place to have a picnic either on the tables provided or on the sloping grass looking across the water. Beach access, playground, and Shakespeare in the Park in the summer. 5 min drive from uptown or downtown.

Thank GuinnessGuy
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Nice garden with walkways down to the water. A plant with huge leaves is an amazing sight, it's native to south America.

Thank Marsha R
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