Call to volunteers to help clean area parks

Staff reportApril 20, 2014 

Volunteers will be out in force Saturday, helping clean area parks during the 13th annual Parks Appreciation Day — a celebration of Earth Day, Arbor Day and National Parks Week.

Participants are needed to clean local parks by trimming limbs, grooming grounds, combing beaches, and planting flowers and trees. This annual event draws about 2,500 volunteers in cities throughout Pierce County.

Participants should wear appropriate clothing for the day’s weather, as well as work gloves. They also should bring tools such as small hand tools, loppers, pruners, rakes, shovels, small pitch forks and even wheelbarrows. Make sure your items are labeled.

Individuals or groups with fewer than 10 people can show up at 9 a.m. and check in at one of the designated park sites.

Groups of 10 or more are asked to preregister by contacting the liaison listed for the park they are interested in working in. This helps staff to prepare the site with adequate supplies.

Municipalities and organizations coordinating the event include Citizens for a Healthy Bay; the cities of Bonney Lake, Edgewood, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, DuPont, Lakewood, University Place, Puyallup and Fife; Key Pen Parks; Metro Parks Tacoma; Milton Parks; PenMet Parks; Pierce County Parks and Recreation; and Puget Creek Restoration Society.

Here are some of the opportunities:

Adriana Hess Wetland Park: Work from 9 a.m.-noon at this park that also serves as the home for the Tahoma Audubon Center. Located at 2917 Morrison Road W., University Place.

Gig Harbor: Volunteers will be helping at 15 parks in the area, including Crescent Creek Park, Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park, Donkey Creek Park, Sehmel Homestead Park, Narrows Park, Rocky Creek Trails and Purdy Spit County Park. A hot dog lunch will be provided at noon for workers at Sehmel Homestead Park or Volunteer Park. If you are a part of a large group or organization, contact one of the following agencies: City of Gig Harbor, Melinda Boullion, 253-851-8136; PenMet Parks, Eric Guenther, 253-858-3400; and KeyPen Parks, Jessica Smeall, 253-884-9240, Ext. 22.

Metro Parks Tacoma: The work sites include Puget Gulch, Swan Creek Park, Tacoma Nature Center, Alderwood Park, McKinley Park and Wapato Park. Groups interested in helping should call Richard at 253-202-5978.

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