Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
Local Girl Scout Troop 50122 was recognized by the Mountlake Terrace City Council Monday night for their volunteer work in Jack Long Park, 22106-58th Ave. W., last month. The work done by the troop is an example of how city parks and public spaces continue to benefit from the efforts of scouts in the community.
The work done by the Girl Scouts included installing a new bench on the south side of Jack Long Park, painting and repairing other benches and tables, and placing three new bird houses in a secluded section of park property. The work, in addition to upgrading park amenities, earned the troop a Girl Scout Silver Award.
Scouts have a long history of volunteering project work in Mountlake Terrace city parks, including work at Evergreen Playfield, Terrace Creek Park, Veterans Memorial Park and Bicentennial Park.
Eagle Scout candidate Mike Green is currently volunteering efforts to renovate playground equipment at Firefighters’ Memorial Park, 3900-228th St. S.W. Green is cleaning, welding and painting the fire truck climbing apparatus, then will assist city staff with relocating it to the front of the park.
Eagle Scout candidate Theron Samp will be leading an effort to build and install kiosk readerboards in a couple parks. Eagle Scout candidate Kevin Menzia is working with the parks department and volunteers to install a retaining wall on the west side of the Mountlake Terrace Off Leash Dog Park.
Parks and Property Management Superintendent Ken Courtmanch is working with Eagle Scout candidates on numerous other project ideas around the city. One project in the works is to allow Eagle Scout candidate Troy Lyberg to repair the picnic table and bench, replace the roof and paint the gazebo at Terrace Creek Park, 23200-48th Ave. W.
For information on volunteer opportunities in the city, call the Parks and Property Management Department at 425-776-1811, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.