By Nancy Covert
The scene at Perkins Park this past Friday: rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and tons of wood bark.
Waiting…waiting for 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31 when more than two dozen SHS National Honor Society students descended on the green space for the latest session of their annual “Bark the Park” project.
Coordinated between Honor Society advisor Roberta Black and Town of Steilacoom crewleader Richard Creger, the 10th annual Barking Project took place that afternoon.
According to SHS NHS Chapter president, Sam Thornton, the annual barking project is just “one of their community service projects,” but, “this is their favorite.” It’s good for the kids who do the work, and well appreciated by the community.
By 4:30 the work had been completed, and the hungry volunteer crew sat down at tables beneath the new park shelter to enjoy a gigantic pizza feast—at least a dozen varieties, plus beverages—to satisfy their appetites.
During the decade of this project’s existence, the students have invested many hours beautifying this corner park at the intersection of Rainier, Union and Martin.
For those who may not know, Perkins Park was dedicated in honor of Steilacoom’s first woman doctor, Mary Perkins. Learn more about Mary and her career in Steilacoom (including her most famous patient) by visiting Steilacoom Historical Museum on Rainier Street.