What would we do with out our parks, trails and open space? We walk, run and bike through them. We play soccer and baseball in them. Many of us find our thoughts and clear our heads when we explore them. On Saturday, we can all help take care of them.
Pierce County is holding ‘Parks Appreciation Day’ to celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Parks Week and your local parks in one fun event on Saturday, April 21 beginning at 9 a.m.
For DuPont, this is a great opportunity to pitch in and help clean up local parks, orchards and trails. In past years, work crews have removed Scots Broom from open spaces along trails, repaired basket ball courts, pulled weeds and cleaned up planting beds all across the community.
Volunteers are required to meet at DuPont PowderWorks Park at 9 a.m. to receive safety briefings and park assignments. If you have a particular park in mind that you’d like to work at please contact Parks & Recreation at 253-912-5245 to coordinate a work party.
Several volunteers are needed to work in DuPont’s historic Heirloom Orchard. Work in the orchard will include stringing up netting, cleaning up the orchard, adding fresh compost and planting new trees. Volunteers wanting to work in the orchard can report directly to the Historic Orchard, which is located across from the 1843 Fort Nisqually site and next to Edmond Marsh.
This is a volunteer event, so use your head on what to wear and what to bring to get the job done. Appropriate clothing is encouraged depending on the weather. Bring tools from home such as small hand tools, loppers, pruners, gloves, rakes, shovels, small pitch forks and even wheelbarrows. Be sure you label them. Most importantly, bring your enthusiasm, smiles and be ready to burn some calories and have fun.
Participating volunteers will receive a 2-for-1 pass to the Point Defiance Zoo. Passes are limited to one pass per family.
For a complete list of parks participating in Pierce County, visit the Tacoma Metro Parks website.