Volunteer work parties organized through the city of Olympia’s parks department were at it again Sunday morning, removing blackberry bushes from a hillside at Madison Scenic Park.
The work parties, often filled with high school students who need to meet school volunteer requirements, tackle various projects at city parks Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, said Charles Rambo, a program aide with the parks department.
On Sunday, it was Rambo and three other volunteers, including longtime volunteer Roberta Woods of Olympia. She said she enjoys the work because it is good exercise, both physically and mentally.
The bushes needed to be removed because they quickly overgrow the immediate area, Rambo said. They wanted to get to the work early in the year before birds nest in the bushes. After the removal, a layer of wood chips will be applied, he said.
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Madison Scenic Park is a little more than 2 acres and is in the city’s Eastside Neighborhood. Parking is on 10th Avenue Southeast at about Lybarger Street Southeast. The park sits above New Bridge Community Church and below some residences that overlook the bluff. The park has a fitting name because it does offer prime views of the state Capitol dome and Olympia’s west side. Park benches dot the tiny park for those wanting to take in the view.
It’s also a popular destination for neighborhood children and their sleds when it snows, Rambo said.
Woods, a 15-year volunteer with the parks department, doesn’t just stay active pulling up English ivy or removing blackberry bushes from area parks. She also plays on a 40-or-older co-ed soccer team called the Red Rockets.