As many as 2,000 volunteers are expected to turnout at locations across Pierce County for Parks Appreciation Day on Saturday. This is the 10th anniversary of the annual Earth Day event that draws volunteers to parks throughout the county.
Participants are needed to help clean up parks by trimming limbs, grooming grounds, cleaning beaches, and planting flowers and trees. Individuals or groups with fewer than 10 participants can simply show up Saturday morning and check in at one of the designated parks.
Group registration: Groups of 10 or more people are asked to pre-register by contacting the liaison listed for the park they are interested in. This helps enable staff to prepare the site with adequate supplies for the work that will be done.
What to bring: Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Bring equipment such as small hand tools, loppers, pruners, gloves, rakes, shovels, small pitchforks and even wheelbarrows (be sure label them with your name).
When: 9 a.m.-noon.
Organization contacts: City of Gig Harbor Parks, Terri Reed, 253-851-6170; City of Fife Parks, David Cantlin, 253-606-8877; Key Pen Parks, Chad Harvell, 253-884-9240; City of Lakewood, Suzi Riley, 253-983-7758; Metro Parks Tacoma, Richard Madison, 253-202-5978; Milton Parks & Recreation, Brent Thompson, 253-517-2751; PenMet Parks, Eric Guenther, 253-858-3400, Ext. 222; Pierce County Parks, Cara Cross, 253-841-8515; City of Puyallup, Dick Weber, 253-841-5517; and City of University Place, Paul Barnes, 253-460-6493.
Participating parks: A complete listing of parks is available at www.ParksAppreciationDay.net.