Last Friday, City Year Seattle shoveled, wheelbarrowed, and shifted 28 tons of rocks at the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Sponsored by Comcast, our National Leadership Sponsor/Signature Service Sponsor, and organized by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the crew took off for West Seattle to continue building a trail that City Year Seattle has been working on since last year.
By the end of the day, corps members created 81 feet of base layer rock for the trail and completely finished 47 feet. Because this new trail is raised off the ground and has a built-in tunnel to facilitate water drainage, it is a significant improvement over the former trail, which had to be rebuilt each year because of storm damage.
Take a look at our day below to see City Year Seattle in action:
Heavy duty heavy lifting
Corps members were fired up with enthusiasm. Jacobo Jimenez of Seattle Parks and Recreation told us, "You guys moved more rock today than I've ever moved in a single project."
City Year, wheeling through twisting paths.
Because of the bumpy rocks, the wheelbarrow began tipping over precariously . . .
until team members helped save it.
We set a tunnel under the trail to facilitate water drainage.
Corps members shifted incredibly heavy rocks in place.
We were still hard at work mid-day, as it began to look like a real trail.
Corps members put the finishing touches on the trail by smoothing gravel with precision.
Great work, team!
At the end of the day, Jacobo Jimenez of Seattle Parks and Recreation told us,
What you guys did today has a greater-reaching impact than ‘we built a really cool looking trail.’ The trail that you saw here earlier today? We used to have to rebuild it on an annual basis. But the real problem wasn’t just the time and energy that we had to put into fixing this trail every single year. It was the sediment that would run off into the storm drains and Puget Sound. That sediment contained nutrients that could have helped enrich the forests but instead was causing algae bloom in our waters and killing off our fish. That in turn had a negative economic impact upon our region.
Now it sounds like I’m really stretching it here, but I’m not – what you did here today has a real impact on our community, and I want to thank you for it. You guys moved more rock today than I’ve ever moved in a single project. You keep raising the bar in your service and it’s really incredible.
Thank you, Seattle Parks and Recreation, for helping us facilitate this day. and working with us to accomplish so much. And thank you Comcast, for your support of the work we do and this region’s community. We couldn’t do it without you!
Text and photos by Sherry Tiao, City Year Seattle/King County External Relations Project Leader