Recent City of MLT Cleanup day draws nearly 80 volunteers

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A volunteer at the Ballinger Park clean-up. (Photo courtesy City of Mountlake Terrace)
A volunteer at the Ballinger Park cleanup. (Photo courtesy City of Mountlake Terrace)

Nearly 80 volunteers participated in a City of Mountlake Terrace Parks Cleanup Day held earlier this month at the new Ballinger Park, an effort that included plantings along McAleer Creek, installing signs at entry gates and along sensitive areas near the lakeshore, and picking up litter and brush. The work helped prepare the park for its initial opening on Sept. 14.

“This was the most successful volunteer event we have had in the fall to date and I appreciate all of the help that went into making it happen,” said Parks and Facilities Superintendent Ken Courtmanch.

The Recreation Park Advisory Commission (RPAC) and the Neighborhood Park Improvement Subcommittee (NPIS) hosted the annual fall cleanup day. The “Day of Service” encourages residents to volunteer in their community to coincide with the National “Day of Service” in remembrance of Sept. 11.

Ballinger Park is open dawn to dusk and has three pedestrian access gates, one near the Lake Ballinger boat launch, another east of the clubhouse, and the third along the park’s west boundary. Signs and garbage cans are located at each pedestrian entrance. Recycling containers will be added in the future. With no other garbage receptacles placed in the park visitors are expected to dispose of any trash at the entry gates.

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