Scene in Edmonds: The Hotel Group cleans out Yost bank

Employees and managers from the Edmonds-based Hotel Group set to work with a frenzy, and soon had the trash containers brimming with weeds and branches.

Employees and managers from the Edmonds-based Hotel Group set to work with a frenzy, and soon had the trash containers brimming with weeds and branches. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

No, they didn’t break into the vault and make off with a haul.

But on Wednesday morning a group of more than a dozen Hotel Group employees took a morning off from their Old Milltown office to get their hands dirty cleaning out the bank area surrounding the Yost Park pool.

Hotel Group president Doug Dreher and Eileen Mitchell dump refuse into the waiting truck.

Hotel Group president Doug Dreher and Eileen Mitchell dump refuse into the waiting truck.

“It’s all part of our commitment to give back to the community,” said Hotel Group president Doug Dreher. “We manage properties throughout the Seattle area, but Edmonds is our home. Our offices have been here for 30 years, and we’re always on the lookout for ways to give something back to our town.”

Parks Department horticulturalist Jesse Curran was on hand to direct the group.

Jesse Curran, Parks Department horticulturalist (right front) directed the group's efforts.

Jesse Curran, Parks Department horticulturalist (right front) directed the group’s efforts.

“Volunteer groups like this are a tremendous help to us,” he said. “Between budget cutbacks and higher priority work, the bank area surrounding the Yost Park pool is one of those projects that kept getting put off. In addition to the usual weeds, fast-growing invasive plants like alder and big leaf maple have seeded in, and we need to get them out of there before they push out the landscape plantings.”

Pulling invasive plants out by the roots helps ensure that they won't simply regrow.

Pulling invasive plants out by the roots helps ensure that they won’t simply regrow.

Some of the invasive plants had grown to considerable size.  Here Amy Barrow hauls out a huge alder branch.

Some of the plants had grown to considerable size. Here Molly Bruder hauls out a huge alder branch.

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  1. Thanks, Hotel Group. It’s so good to get out unwanted plants when they are young. Volunteer groups really enhance the city efforts to keep our town beautiful.

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