Public asked to lend a hand to spruce up parks April 27 Volunteer at one of five Metro Parks Tacoma sites throughout the city

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Parks Appreciation Day is always held near Earth Day to help make the connection between the community and its green spaces. Metro Parks is also hosting an Earth Day-related activity at the Tacoma Nature Center on April 20 from noon to 4 pm. The Earth Day Extravaganza is a free family event that features conservation games, earth-friendly crafts, nature hikes, building planter boxes, accomplishing an Earth Day mission through the Agents of Discovery app, and more.

Lots of parks-loving people are expected to turn out April 27 for Parks Appreciation Day in Tacoma, traditionally the most popular volunteer environmental stewardship event of the year.

“Metro Parks Tacoma manages over 2,900 acres of land, and we appreciate all of the volunteers who help us spruce things up for the spring and summer season ahead,” said Richard Madison, Parks Appreciation Day coordinator. “Their hard work shows how people value the benefits that parks bring to the community.” 

The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon at five sites, and people of all ages are welcome. Under the direction of Metro Parks staff members, volunteers will be asked to:

·         Spread mulch in flower beds.

·         Lay gravel on trails.

·         Cut back invasive Himalayan blackberries.

·         Pull out English ivy.

·         Pick up litter, or help with other landscaping.

 Work sites are located throughout Tacoma:

·         Alderwood Park, 208 Browns Point Blvd.

·         Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St. (Meet at the blue tent near the kiosk as you enter the park from Pearl Street.)

·         McKinley Park, 907 Upper Park St.

·         Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, 7402 East D. St. (Meet at the entrance to the park off of East D Street.)

·         Wapato Park, 6500 S. Sheridan Ave.

Groups of 10 or more volunteers should register in advance through richardm@tacomaparks.com. Otherwise, just show up ready to do a little yard work. Participants are advised to wear work gloves if they have them. Hand tools will be provided, but volunteers may bring their own shovels, rakes or pruning shears. And participants should dress for a spring day in the Pacific Northwest (in other words, a little of everything is possible).

Metro Parks coordinates Parks Appreciation Day on behalf of 12 agencies and governments throughout Pierce County. A countywide list is available on the website for CHIP-in!, the program that organizes a partnerships among Metro Parks and community members to improve parks and green spaces, protect neighborhood buildings, and promote a healthy environment.

Parks Appreciation Day is always held near Earth Day to help make the connection between the community and its green spaces. Metro Parks is also hosting an Earth Day-related activity at the Tacoma Nature Center on April 20 from noon to 4 pm. The Earth Day Extravaganza is a free family event that features conservation games, earth-friendly crafts, nature hikes, building planter boxes, accomplishing an Earth Day mission through the Agents of Discovery app, and more.

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