Students nearly finished with Seahurst Park Trail Restoration Project
Our friends at Burien Parks posted this story Monday (Aug. 12), honoring the work of students helping restore a trail in Seahurst Park:
In early July, the Burien Adopt-a-Park program entered into a summer partnership program focusing on trail improvements along the North Nature Trail in Seahurst Park, continuing work that began in the summer of 2012. The King County Work Training Program ran 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.
The Seahurst project is a collaborative effort between City of Burien Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services (PaRCS) Department, Highline Public School’s New Start High School, King County Work Training Program, Volunteers for Outdoor Washington (VOW), the Environmental Science Center (ESC) and Des Moines Food Bank. This is the City’s third year of involvement with the King County program. The County has provided education and training services to youth in Burien/White Center area since 1999 and run the Work Training Program since 1971. It has had a partnership with Highline Public Schools since 2005.
Parks staff provided the project location, oversight and tools for the student participants and coordination of the program partners. New Start High School provided education and oversight with the classroom component held at Highline Public School’s Marine Tech Center operated through the Puget Sound Skills Center. King County provided funding for the Work Training Program, while VOW and ESC provided tools, project oversight and guidance for the trail improvements. Finally, the Des Moines Food Bank provided daily lunch for the participants (as well as any children at Seahurst Park under age 18) on weekdays from 11:45 am – 12:15 pm.
Student participants learned about team work, earn school credit, learn about trail design, construction, native plant habitat/identification, and why it is important to care for their public parks. This year’s project will target three priority areas along the North Nature Trail. Overall, 200 lineal feet of muddy trail will see improved drainage and added gravel along the trail, making it greatly improved for year-round hiking use.