Navy wants to expand park training sites in Puget Sound area

BREMERTON, Wash. - The Navy is looking to expand its use of parks and other public lands in the Puget Sound region to allow for more SEAL team training opportunities.
    
The Kitsap Sun reports that state parks officials say the Navy has been training at three waterfront parks in Kitsap County for nighttime combat trainings since 2014. Nearly 70 new sites have been identified as potential training locations.
    
Washington State Parks spokeswoman Virginia Painter says the Navy has been training at state parks for at least eight years.
    
The Navy's "right of entry" permit requires them to notify park managers of its operations and limit use to after dark.
    
Opponents of the military's use of parks say it goes against their recreational purpose and could put public safety at risk.
    


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