Looking for a way to make a difference in your community in honor of Earth Day? Join your friends and neighbors to help remove invasive plants, plant native trees, and remove litter in Edmonds parks.
Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and the city will be hosting work parties on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m.-noon at four different city parks. Work will include planting 100 trees at Yost Park, pulling invasive ivy and Japanese honeysuckle in Pine Ridge Park, and removing litter from Marina Beach and Brackett’s Landing parks.
Participants will work under the leadership of city staff and Sound Salmon Solutions’ volunteer Edmonds Stewards, who have been leading volunteer stewardship events in Edmonds since 2015. No experience is necessary and training will be provided.
During the work parties, participants will have the opportunity to participate in the #greenedmonds campaign by making a public pledge to take personal action to fight climate change.
All ages are welcome, with the exception of Yost Park, where participants must be a minimum of 13 years old due to safety concerns. Minors under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Details regarding the work parties, how to prepare and a list of items to bring, are included on the Sound Salmon Solutions’ events page at www.soundsalmonsolutions.org/events. Participation is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.
If you’re not able to join a city-hosted work party, the city suggests there are still many ways you can help: picking up litter that would otherwise wash into storm drains, planting native plants in your own yard, or committing to doing away with single-use plastics like water bottles.
Earth Day in Edmonds Parks is presented by the City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation, Cultural and Human Services Department, the Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board, the Edmonds Youth Commission, and Sound Salmon Solutions’ Edmonds Stewards. For further information, contact Jennifer Leach, program soordinator, at Jennifer.Leach@edmondswa.gov.