KIRKLAND, Wash. (November) – On Saturday, November 17, you’re invited to join the City of Kirkland and the Green Kirkland Partnership in celebrating the over 2000 volunteers that are responsible for restoring more than 500 acres of natural areas in Kirkland, and you can get your hands dirty at the same time.
Green Kirkland Day is an annual event recognizing the tremendous contribution of thousands of Green Kirkland Partnership volunteers. Green Kirkland Day features events at six parks, including Everest, Crestwoods, McAuliffe, Juanita Bay, O.O. Denny, and Josten Park. The main event, with space for over 150 volunteers will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Everest Park, 500 8th St. S. Volunteers are needed to help at all sites to plant over 800 native trees, shrubs and ground covers and tend to new native plantings. No experience is necessary and we encourage volunteers of all ages to join us. Registration for the Everest Park event is available on the EarthCorps website at http://bit.ly/2018GreenKirklandDay.
“Our dedicated volunteers are essential to restoring and maintaining Kirkland’s incredible natural areas,” said Lynn Zwaagstra, Director of Parks and Community Services for the City of Kirkland. “Green Kirkland Day is an opportunity for community members to connect with nature, celebrate Kirkland’s urban forests and have fun with family and friends while engaging in environmental stewardship.”
Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather in clothes that you don't mind getting dirty (warm layers and rain gear are encouraged), wear close-toed shoes and, and bring a filled water bottle. Tools, training, and gloves will be provided. Lunch, snacks and hot drinks will also be provided courtesy of our sponsors: REI, Regence, KIND bar, PCC Kirkland, and partners at Forterra. More information about volunteering is available on the Green Kirkland Partnership website.
About the Green Kirkland Partnership: The Green Kirkland Partnership is an alliance between the City of Kirkland, nonprofit partners, businesses and the community to restore more than 500 acres of natural areas in the City. The majority of the restoration efforts are accomplished by our dedicated volunteers. These volunteers may join us just one time or volunteer over and over again. It takes everyone to restore our natural areas! The Partnership seeks to remove invasive plants from City parks and plant native species. Our Mission is to restore and maintain healthy forested and natural parklands by building a supportive community that works together to protect Kirkland’s valuable natural resources for current and future generations. Achieving this involves training and supporting volunteers in restoration activities.