Girl Scouts design and install interpretive trail at Lynndale Park

Walkers at Lynndale Park will now be able to identify 17 different plants along a newly marked trail, thanks to the research and effort put forward by Edmonds-based Girl Scout Cadette Troop 41002.

Four troop members, who are seventh graders at Meadowdale Middle School, spearheaded the project. Emma Sturgill, Kendra Roark, Izabela Sanchez Nobles and Nina Otebele worked with the City of Lynnwood to build the trail and a horticulturalist to correctly identify each plant.

The project, including research and drafting for each sign, took over a year to complete, but the troops say it was all worth it.

“People will know more about trees and plants now,” Otebele said.

Roark said doing the research and drafting a proposal were the most difficult and time-consuming parts of the project, but the troop members are happy with the finished product.

“There are a lot more uses for trees than people realize,” Sturgill said.

The troop — along with friends, family and city employees — installed the 18 signs the morning of Saturday, June 11.

The 18 signs include 17 identifying plants and one showing a map of the full trail.

The Scouts hope to receive their Silver Award because of their work on the project. The Silver Award second highest award in Girl Scouting, and the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can receive.

The city and girl scout troop members will celebrate the trail’s completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. Lynndale Park is located at 18927 72nd Ave. W., Lynnwood.

–Story and photos by Natalie Covate

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