Almost 1,900 volunteers converged at parks and green spaces across Puget Sound to celebrate Green City Days this fall, representing a wide range of community groups and businesses. Together, they clocked thousands of service hours and planted more than 11,500 native plants.
Now boasting twelve cities in the Green City Partnerships—Everett, Kent, Kirkland, Puyallup, Redmond, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tacoma, Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines—these annual events give volunteers a wonderful opportunity to help restore their local natural areas while building community through stewardship. Restored forested parks and natural areas mitigate urban flooding, help to clean air and water resources, provide home for wildlife and allow people to connect with nature.
Green Seattle Day had a great showing this year with over 1,100 volunteers who planted 8,491 plants in just three hours. The 15 restoration locations included Magnuson Park, Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland, and Kubota Gardens.
Volunteers had many positive things to say about the experience. “Planting and cleaning up gives me more of a feeling of ownership than if I’m just walking through it,” said a volunteer. Another stated they attended because they “wanted to spend time with my community giving back.” Another “felt empowered to do more” in the community following their experience at Green Seattle Day.
Green City Days connect community members across all ages and backgrounds for a common goal: helping to keep our forested parks and green spaces environmentally healthy. Local restoration efforts give residents the opportunity to volunteer in their own neighborhood and build valuable connections between people and place.
Green City Partnerships help establish a community-based restoration program in each partner city that brings together local non-profits, community groups, city agencies, neighborhood leaders, and local businesses to support healthy urban green spaces for the future of our region.
Partnerships are growing across the Puget Sound, with new Green City planning efforts currently underway in SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines. We expect to begin supporting on the ground volunteer restoration efforts starting in 2019.
Green Everett Day: At Hannabrook Park 142 volunteers planted 774 native plants and cared for the park’s natural areas. The trees and shrubs planted along Pidgeon Creek #2 will grow into a beautiful forest and create habitat along this salmon-bearing stream.
Green Kent Day: 35 volunteers worked hard to dig out invasive plants and planted 86 native trees and shrubs, transforming a restoration site at Chestnut Ridge Park.
Green Kirkland Day: 180 volunteers did a mix of restoration activities at 5 sites including removing aggressive invasive species, spreading mulch, and putting 600 native plants into the ground.
Green Puyallup Day: 17 volunteers planted 100 native plants at Silver Creek and Meeker Creek, and removed invasive plants.
Green Redmond Day: 132 volunteers planted 900 native plants at three parks across Redmond to help keep the city’s forests healthy and green.
Green Seattle Day: At 15 Seattle Parks 1,145 volunteers planted 8,491 native plants and invested in our future forests.
Green Snoqualmie Day: 78 volunteers planted 418 trees at 2 different Snoqualmie parks on the 2nd annual Green Snoqualmie Day.. At Community Park, volunteers planted a buffer of native trees and shrubs to ensure the longevity of the park’s forest and habitat. At Meadowbrook Slough, volunteers helped restore and reforest the floodplain.
Green Tacoma Day: 270 volunteers planted 685 native trees and shrubs. At the Dick Gilmur Shoreline Restoration and Kayak Launch, volunteers also as removed invasive weeds and helped clean up the beach.
Green Tukwila Day: At Tukwila Park around 50 volunteers planted 120 native plants and removed Himalayan blackberry and English ivy.
Numbers are still being collected and will be updated as they are received.
A big thank you to all Green City partners and sponsors!
City and agency partners include:
Cities of Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tukwila, Tacoma, Redmond, Everett, Puyallup, Kent, and Kirkland, Pierce Conservation District, Snohomish Conservation District, Port of Tacoma, King Conservation District
Other partners include:
Mountains to Sound Greenway, EarthCorps, Tilth Alliance, Student Conservation Association, DIRT Corp, Nature Consortium, Seattle Audubon, Pilchuck Audubon, Washington Conservation Corps, Washington Native Plant Society, Sound Salmon Solutions, YMCA
Sponsorships and donations include:
Regence, REI, PCC, Bartell’s, KIND, New Seasons, Starbucks, KBCS, Poster Giant, Sno Isle Food Co-op