Burien’s Adopt-A-Park Partners With County Work Training At Salmon Creek

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Burien Parks‘ adopt-a-park program has entered into a partnership program with the King County Work Training Program to focus on habitat restoration at Salmon Creek Park.

“The program runs for six weeks during the summer as an opportunity for youth to earn high school credit as well as embark on work training for a wage,” said Lisa Aumann from the city. “The Burien project is a collaborative effort between the City of Burien Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department, Highline School District’s New Start High School, King County Work Training Program and The Environmental Science Center (ESC).”

This is the city’s first year of involvement with the King County program. The county has run the Work Training Program since 1999 and has had a partnership with the Highline School District since 2005 (for more information, please contact King County Case Mangers at 206-205-2805 or online here).

Parks staff is providing project oversight and tools for the 23 students and program partners. New Start High School is providing the classroom space and education component, King County is overseeing the students and work training, and the ESC is providing education resources and on-sight project coordination for the field work. While earning credit for school, students are learning about team work, native and invasive plant species and why it is important to care for their public parks. In just the first two weeks the students have worked a combined total of 200 hours and removed over 30 yards of invasive Himalayan blackberry along the hillsides in Salmon Creek Park. Later in the project they will improve 630 square feet of trail winding along the southwest side of the park.

The restoration project at Salmon Creek Park will continue in the fall with another group of New Start High School students adding native vegetation along the cleared park hillsides. Improving the native plant interpretive signage installed along the trail is also planned.

Here are some pics of the crews in action:

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