Pigeon Point Park is part of the West Duwamish Greenbelt, the largest greenbelt in the city and home to foxes, red-legged frogs, hawks, and bald eagles. The greenbelt encompasses the forest along the eastern slopes of West Seattle. This property is also the largest remaining continuous forest within Seattle city limits, consisting of 182 acres in park land and another 300 acres in privately owned land. However, due to industrial waste from the nearby harbor, it is also one of the most polluted areas in Seattle. Because of this, City Year Seattle/King County, in collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation dedicated a Friday to preserving our public parks.
After a few hours of service, the results were definitely noticeable. A path that once was not visible is now ready for walkers, bicyclists, and animals to enjoy. We have worked in Pigeon Point park multiple times in the past few years and it is nice to be able to come back year after year and build upon the progress we have made.
Text by Hoang Lam, City Year Seattle/King County senior corps member
Photos by Andy Hurwitz, City Year Seattle/King County corps member