New Year Will Bring New Opportunities to Volunteer for Local Work Parties

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The new year will bring many new opportunities for folks to volunteer to help make the Miller/Walker Basin a better place for all in 2013, and here are the details:

“Monthly ivy and blackberry pulls will continue from January through May in Walker Preserve,” reads an announcement. “We continue to make progress – saving the trees with ivy growing up them, pulling out ivy and non-native blackberry, and planting native plants to make the park more beautiful and to provide the creeks with shade and wildlife with better habitat. No experience is necessary, the work parties are fun and productive, and gloves and tools are provided!”

Bookmark this page to check back for updates to the Miller-Walker volunteer calendar:

WHEN: Walker Preserve Invasive Plant Removal 2013 Winter-Spring Schedule (Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.):

  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18

WHERE: Walker Preserve park, SW. 168th St. and 2nd Ave. SW. in Normandy Park, up the road from Normandy Park City Hall. If driving, your parking options include:

Three spaces in the small lot at SW 171st St. and Second Ave. S.W., or on the street along SW. 168th Street.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please plan ahead – this park does not have a restroom.

From the gate behind the Walker Preserve sign, walk down the trail towards the creek.


  • Seek out English ivy and remove it from trees and pull roots out of the ground.
  • Seek out Himalayan blackberry plants, cut them back, and then dig out the root balls.
  • Plant native plants.
  • Activities may vary each month.

What to bring:

  • Your enthusiasm
  • Clothing that will protect you from the rain and blackberry thorns
  • Filled water bottle, gloves if you have them

We provide gloves, tools, snacks, and just enough training.

MORE INFO: Contact Elissa Ostergaard, [email protected], 206-296-1909.

“This volunteer event is an opportunity to visit a pleasant park in the City of Normandy Park, along Walker Creek. The City of Normandy Park and volunteers rebuilt the footbridge over the creek last year, and neighbors and other volunteers have made a lot of progress restoring the native plant community in this park. This work will help native plants thrive, and provide shade and food for the salmon that live in the creek. Please sign up if you can, or decide to show up at the last minute!”

This stewardship project is a joint effort of the City of Normandy Park and the Miller and Walker Creeks Stewardship program.

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