By Nancy Henderson, Steilacoom Parks/Trails Volunteer
We had a smaller turn-out this past Sunday afternoon at the Community Center Park than in February when we attacked the blackberries and scotch broom at Sunnyside Beach Park.
Nonetheless, a couple of very large piles of invasive holly trees and ivy are evidence of what a small, hard-working group can accomplish in 2-1/2 hours. When we finished our work, a young buck immediately emerged to inspect our efforts. Too bad they prefer roses to holly and ivy!
A HUGE :”thanks” to Jim Senko, Marilyn Martinetto, Steve and Shelly Stovall, Mike Henderson, Sally Jacky, and the Pires family–Mark, Chris, Hannah, and Emma for the generous contribution of your time and energy!
If you pass by Cormorant Park, you might notice that the ravine can now be observed from Chapman Loop. This beautiful ravine is full of native plants and is a real Steilacoom treasure for all to view and visit. Thanks to a team of nine volunteers, led by Karen Mclver, Cormorant Home Owners’ Association President, for these improvements. Not only did this team clear and clean up three different garden areas and prune trees—they also refurbished the Cormorant Park sign. A special thanks to Jim Senko for his guidance and assistance with the project and also to Rick Creger and Mark Burlingame for excellent logistical support.
Our Saltar’s Point Elementary 4th graders have been studying the environment. They put their knowledge of environmental stewardship into action by stenciling storm drains in the Saltar’s Point and Cormorant neighborhoods, and by clearing blackberry and ivy away from native trees at the Chambers St. entrance to Farrell’s Marsh. They were beaming with enthusiasm and didn’t want to stop! Take a look when you get a chance. Future Steilacoom will be in good, hard-working hands.
In coordination with Town staff, a list of small, one-time or renewable projects is being developed, available involving parks/trails which could be “adopted” on a temporary basis. These would be a good match for anywhere from one person, to several. This could be an enjoyable activity for a family or a group of friends. Please contact Nancy Henderson if you have an interest in doing something like this. “The efforts of many people enhancing our parks and trails add up to a big contribution.”