Sometimes in early May, it’s possible to hear the echoing barks drift across from the Ketron Island sea lion nursery.
You just have to listen carefully.
At the end of May in Perkins Park, just up the hill from the Anderson Island Ferry Terminal, a different kind of barking was heard—this time it was the joyful sounds of Steilacoom High School students taking part in the school’s National Honor Society “Bark the Park” project.
This year—the 11th one for the NHS group—about 40 youths, equipped with gloves—“mostly left-handed gloves,” noted NHS president, Sam Thornton, spent two hours on May 30, removing weeds and replacing worn cedar wood chips.
The group’s annual Community Service project makes them feel proud for their contribution to Steilacoom.
Each spring the NHS kids show up, and their efforts have made a difference there—from removing invasive English ivy, to giving the popular playground a fresher look.
When their work was finished NHS advisor Mrs. Roberta Black treated the workers to pizzas and had them pose for a group photo—complete with their left-handed gloves.
Perkins Park, adjacent to Union Ave. and Martin St., was dedicated in 1972 with a commemorative stone in honor of Dr. Mary Perkins, Steilacoom’s first woman doctor.