Recently, City Year Seattle went to Magnuson Park off Lake Washington. Magnuson Park is the second-largest park in Seattle with grasslands, wooded hillsides, wetlands and shoreline. Although it was once a naval airfield, ten acres of concrete paving were removed last year and community volunteers have been actively working to restore the park.
City Year Seattle, with Comcast’s Signature Service Sponsorship and in collaboration with the Washington Conservation Corps and Seattle Parks and Recreation, was able to continue that process. We rebuilt trails and removed brush, as well as cleared the ever-present invasive Himalayan blackberry and a species that was new to City Year Seattle: Scotch broom. Native to western and central Europe, the plant crowds out native species and destroys wildlife habitats in North America. Every year, it costs the timber industry millions of dollars and inhibits reforestation. We were able to clear an entire field of Scotch broom with some impressively large specimens and prevent new seeds from being spread around the Pacific Northwest.
As one community member said as she walked by, “Thank you so much for your work here. It really makes a difference.” A special thank you to Comcast for helping us make that difference!
Text by Sherry Tiao, City Year Seattle/King County External Relations Project Leader