By Nancy Covert
The treasures uncovered on a local beach this past weekend won’t end up in any museum collection, but their “discovery” provided entertainment for a group of beachcombers this past Sunday.
The unusual “treasures,” ranging from an antique boat dock cleat, to something that one treasure hunter classified as “possibly the part for an ice skate” for a prehistoric critter‚Äîwere just two of the items pulled from the sands at Sunnyside Beach. Most impressive, though, were the gnarly roots of venerable Himalayan blackberry bushes that had been growing for decades beneath the park’s sandy shores. Some “root canal!” observed one of the diggers.
Armed with clippers, shovels, pruners, rakes, wheelbarrows, work gloves, and large blue tarps, enthusiastic volunteers attacked Scotch Broom and blackberry bushes at the waterfront park on Feb. 22. Despite a slight sprinkling, the cool weather didn’t dampen the volunteers’ enthusiasm.
The workers‚Äîa group of about two dozen Steilacoom residents‚Äîbegan the first of many planned clean-ups in Steilacoom that afternoon. Drawing on the energy and enthusiasm of residents‚Äîone as young as “3 years old”‚Äîthe crew spent about four hours that afternoon making a difference in the community.
As time passed, piles of bramble bushes, broom, and leaves accumulated and were loaded into a large, white dump truck that had been deployed especially for the clean-up. The vegetation, according to Town employee Rick Creger, responsible for hauling the debris away, said the material will be hauled to a site on the Kitsap Peninsula. Eventually the material will find its way back to private gardens where the “green” nutrients will enhance future plant materials, Creger added. Resident Nancy Henderson was responsible for spear-heading the effort.
The result of all those efforts is noticeable‚Äîa clear, sweeping view of Puget Sound along that part of the beach.
Interested in helping with future efforts? Watch for details in “The Around Town” or on the town reader boards‚Äîsee you at the next “treasure” hunt.