Homeowners lend hand to clean up former Ballinger Lake golf course site

Dale Jeremiah, in the blue jacket and red baseball cap, leads volunteers the clean-up Saturday.
Dale Jeremiah, in the blue jacket and baseball cap, leads volunteers the clean-up Saturday.

Story and photo by Doug Petrowski

A group of Lake Ballinger-area homeowners were out volunteering their labor Saturday morning, clearing brush and blackberry bushes on the former site of the Ballinger Lake Golf Course. It was the third time this year the group has worked on the site where the City of Mountlake Terrace plans to develop into a passive park.

The city is in the early stages of planning for conversion of the 40-acre golf course into a park, but has welcomed a small group of volunteers onto the site to remove some brush and invasive weeds. The homeowners, led by Mountlake Terrace resident Dale Jeremiah, initiated the working relationship with the city and plan to continue their efforts at the new proposed park.

Many of the homeowners will be part of the volunteer crew at the site April 20 when the city hosts a community-wide volunteer clean-up day in conjunction with the Earth Day weekend, Jeremiah said. The group is even looking ahead to schedule another volunteer work effort at the site in May; “I have penciled in the third Saturday of the month, May 18, as the next one,” Jeremiah stated.

To volunteer at the April 20 city-wide clean-up, contact Parks and Property Management Superintendent Ken Courtmanch at 425-776-1811.

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