A different type of traffic flowed along a pair of roads intersecting near the Steilacoom Branch of the Pierce County Library last Friday.
The “traffic” involved about 50 students and Saltars Point teachers Kevin Schmidt and Dena Snow who turned out on June 9 to rejuvenate a piece of town property. Site “supervisors” included Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas, Town Administrator Paul Loveless, Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln, School Board member Duane Hardesty, Parent volunteer Mary Dodsworth, plus a crew of adult volunteers.
The small “park” at the intersection of Rigney Road and Steilacoom Boulevard had gone unattended for almost a decade since it was first planted. The students were there to make over the site.
In what was the most recent cooperative Steilacoom Historical School District/Town of Steilacoom effort, students from Saltar’s Point Elementary School 3rd and 4th grade classes spent the past several months working on redesigning the park. On Friday, they replanted the approximately 500 square yard site.
Between 9 a.m. and noon that morning, SP students, wearing safety vests and equipped with shovels and trowels, filled the barren ground with colorful flowers. When the planting was finished, a bunch of tired, dirty youngsters headed back to school, basking in the afterglow of their achievements.
Circular stones, bearing letters that spell out “Welcome to Steilacoom” have been placed at the eastern end of the site.
Later this year Town public works’ crewmembers plan to install sidewalks along Rigney Road and remove overhead wiring.
Submitted by Nancy Covert