Steilacoom’s “Ivy League”—the designation facetiously given to a group of young landscapers—enthusiastically pruned a lush crop of the clingy green stuff on Jan. 28 at Perkin’s Park. These verdant halls of ivy have been growing for years in a southeast corner of the park.
The “league” of ivy removers was part of 38 Steilacoom High School students who turned out on the precipitation-free afternoon to help beautify the park at the corner of Martin and Union. The park was dedicated years ago in memory of Mary Perkins, Steilacoom’s first woman doctor.
Steilacoom’s Parks and Trails Task Force Coordinator Nancy Henderson, Jim Senko, Rick Kreger, Town of Steilacoom, and SHS teacher Roberta Black spearheaded the afternoon community service project.
The youths also trimmed, dug holes and planted kinnikinnik, sword ferns and other native northwest plants harvested from Cormorant Passage. The objective is to beautify the park, with the aim of adding to it in the coming years.
“This is community service at its best,” said Mrs. Black.
Thursday’s planting was an expansion of a SHS Honor Society “bark the park” project, The service project, begun about five years ago, is held each spring, Mrs. Black added.
The park beautification crew included: Arthur Ancheta, Germaine Ancheta, Sarah Anderson, Kendall Avery, Addison Bieger, Kathryn Boelk, Kayla Boland, Keriann Brady, Inga Burkhart, Lani Cabana, Sam Courts, Cassie Denning, Danielle DiPiro, Micah Donor, Katherine George, Jasmine Greet, Monique Guillot, Kayla Hollonsyde, Jaclyn Johnson, Meg Johnson, Laurin Julin, Abby Kozyra, Nash Kwak, Dean McElveen, Alex Mullen, Haley Mullen, Rachael Murphy, Khailel Natividad, Darcie Olive, Rikki Perez, Jamie Reaves, Alex Robinson, Meghan Ruff, Sam Scott, Leah Smith, Kirsten Smock, Arianna Wiseman, Xavier WitherspoonPrint This Post