On Saturday, May 15 about 100 volunteers removed several dumpster loads of overgrown vegetation, brush, and debris from Bicentennial Park at the city’s annual Volunteer Park Clean Up event. In addition, the park’s fences, benches and gazebo were given a fresh coat of paint to help spruce up this quiet five-acre park located on the eastern side of the city.
“The weather was perfect for this year’s event and I am very pleased and impressed with the turnout,” said Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen. “These volunteers were some of the hardest working folks I’ve seen in years, and I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts in making our community shine.”
One couple brought their two pets goats that also assisted in the brush clearing efforts and helped entertain the children who pitched in to help.
While Bicentennial Park was getting its makeover, other volunteers helped remove invasive species along the Terrace Creek Park Trail.
After the work was completed, volunteers gathered at the Civic Campus to enjoy the annual appreciation lunch hosted by the Mountlake Terrace City Council to thank participants for their service to the community.
Ken Courtmanch, Mountlake Terrace Park and Facilities Superintendent had this to say about the day:
The volunteer clean up event held on Saturday May 15th, was the tenth annual volunteer weekend I have been involved in for the City of Mountlake Terrace and one of the most successful that I can remember. The weather cooperated and helped to draw 90-100 participants including two goats. Volunteers cleaned and painted fences, picnic tables, benches, play equipment, and gazebos as well as removed 200-250 yards of brush and debris, not including what the goats ate. On behalf of the City Staff, the Recreation Park Advisory Commission, and the Neighborhood Park improvement Subcommittee I would like to thank all who participated and helped make this a fun and successful volunteer event.
Ken Courtmanch Mountlake Terrace Park and Facilities Superintendent
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