Location: White Center Heights Park
Date: Saturday, June 25
Activity: Vital work to benefit the wildlife and plant community. Maintenance/invasive removal around restoration plantings
Thanks to a generous donation by the Starbucks Coffee Company, White Center Heights Park received an ‘Ultimate Park Makeover’ in 2007. Almost overnight, this previously run-down urban park was transformed into a safe and enjoyable gathering place for the surrounding community. With the help of 1,500 volunteers, this park is now home to a grass berm amphitheater, community garden, walking trail, pea patch, and picnic shelter and tables.
White Center Heights Park is surrounded by enhanced Class II wetlands and has a large year round pond, making the park a great place for wildlife, as well as the community, to gather. In a heavily urban environment, these natural areas provide needed refuge for resident wildlife species and others just passing through. Massive amounts of blackberry, Scot’s Broom, and knotweed have been removed over the past two years, and the whole site has been replanted with native trees and shrubs. At this event, we will be removing invasive re-sprouts to prevent them from gaining a foothold.
Your volunteer efforts will protect our young native plantings from being overtaken by invasives, and jumpstart their journey toward becoming a mature and healthy forested wetland community. Besides helping the park and community of White Center Heights, you’ll be helping yourself too! Getting outside and doing physical work in the sunny summer weather is a great way to improve your health and well-being. Hope to see you there!
Tools, work gloves, water, and light snacks will be provided.
This event will happen rain or shine, so be sure and dress for the weather!
What to bring:
- Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
- Layers - non-cotton recommended
- Rain coat
- Closed toed shoes or rubber boots - sturdy shoes for working in uneven terrain
Volunteers must be able to work on uneven terrain and in inclement weather. The site is not wheelchair accessible.
Restrooms - There is a Honey Bucket on site.
This is a family-friendly event, so please feel free to bring your kids! Young children are welcome with a parent’s supervision. Minimum age to volunteer is 5 years if accompanied by an adult.
This event is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Youth ages 16 and over can volunteer without parental supervision if they bring a King County youth liability waiver with parent signature to the event.
To sign up for this event, request a youth waiver, or for more information, please contact:
Rachel Maranto: 206-849-4406, firstname.lastname@example.orgPost a comment