This past Friday, Comcast, our National Leadership Sponsor/Signature Service Sponsor, sponsored City Year Seattle for a day of service at Seward Park. Located off Lake Washington on Bailey Peninsula, Seward Park has old growth forests that need protection from ever-tenacious invasive species. We spent the day with Seattle Parks and Recreation, working to protect Seattle’s native plant life and repairing trails so that we can all continue to enjoy Seattle’s scenic beauty.
We started off the day by laying biodegradable sacks on the ground and covering the sacking with mulch. Both the sacking and mulch will decompose and add nutrients to the soil, while also preventing weeds like Himalayan blackberry from growing. Because we worked with such energy and enthusiasm, Seattle Parks and Recreation ran out of both sacks and mulch midway through the day. Instead, we began laying down gravel to build a path that will encourage visitors to make a detour through the forest and enjoy what Seward Park has to offer.
Here are some snapshots of our day:
Our final circle was by Lake Washington. By the end of the day, the wind from the lake was a little cold, but it was still a successful day of service. The entire City Year Seattle King/County corps was able to work together to ensure that Seattle remains a beautiful city for the people in our communities.
Thank you, Comcast, for helping us make this happen!
Text and photos by Sherry Tiao, City Year Seattle/King County External Relations Project Leader