The City of Lakewood was happy to host our 5th annual Parks Appreciation Day event Saturday, April 28th. Many cities and towns in Pierce County host Park Appreciation Day events in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day. It is so true that many hands make work easier and they certainly make working outside a lot more fun. In Lakewood over 300 volunteers provided over 1,000 hours of labor on a beautiful sunny morning and accomplished these tasks:
- At Fort Steilacoom Park five (5) 40 yard dumpsters were filled with vegetation and trash. Scotch broom was removed, a barn cleaned out and invasive plants around the lake were cut back.
- At Harry Todd Park one 30 yard dumpster was filled with garbage. A large area was cleared of sod and planted with new plants and the fire department dive team went underwater to clean up the swim area.
- At Wards Lake 15 yards of bark were spread, trails were cleaned up and flowerbeds were weeded.
- At the City’s new Blueberry Park, a 40 yard dumpster was filled with vegetation. Plants which have long been overgrown were cut back.
- At Primley Park (photo above), a big toy was assembled, 47 yards of wood chips spread and native plants and trees planted.
- Additionally, throughout the City’s park sites, forty flats of petunias and 15 flats of marigolds were planted and now provide a fresh spot of color as you enter the parks.
It took everyone working together to complete these tasks and the volunteers truly made a difference in preparing the parks for the upcoming busy season. The City appreciates all of the volunteers and event sponsors (HomeStreet Bank, Starbucks and the Tacoma News Tribune) who continue to choose to become involved in Parks Appreciation Day. Together, they are all making Lakewood a better to place to live, work and play.