Showing Support for Green Tacoma

Fall Leaf More than 300 people took part in our 2nd annual Green Tacoma Day on Sept 26th! Eighteen different organizations that support restoration of Tacoma’s open spaces were present at thirteen sites throughout Tacoma. Volunteers helped conduct restoration or learned something new about Tacoma’s natural areas & how we can care for these beautiful places.

We invite you to stay involved until the next Green Tacoma Day by volunteering with one of our many partners throughout the next year!

To find upcoming events visit our website at www.greentacoma.org and check out the Events Calendar.

Help shape the future of Kent parks TOMORROW!

kentPlease join Kent Parks on Tuesday night for an informal, drop-in format public workshop on the Parks and Open Space Plan currently in progress.

This new plan will help solidify a vision for Kent Parks and prioritize the next steps for both the long and short-term future. In order to accurately relect the needs of the changing community, they need to hear from park users!

This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts and make your voice heard. The workshop will take place TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 29th, from 6-8:30pm at the Kent Senior Activity Center, Room 6. There will be a brief summary of the public survey results, a look at what has been completed thus far, and ample opportunity to discuss how the plan will move forward.

For more information, contact Lydia Moorehead, Park Planner, at 253-856-5114 or lmoorehead@ci.kent.wa.us.

Park(ing) Day a success!

parkingday_image.phpWe had a great time last Friday at the Green Seattle Partnership Park(ing) Day spot. We had a prime location downtown right next to the Cascade Agenda Cities Program, Cascade Bicycle Club, Transportation Choices, and Zip Car. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

We promoted Green Seattle Day (Nov. 7th), talked to people about public space and urban forests, played bean bags, and hung out in a tiny urban oasis on 1st Avenue. Check out the link to a video of Andrea getting interviewed for the news!

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The KOMO reporter couldn’t resist playing a little bean bags with us.

Click here for the clip of Andrea getting interviewed! (the interview was a lot longer than the tiny clip that made it onto tv . . . she was very on-message)

For more info on park(ing) day, and photos from spots around the world, check out their official website.

Bridging Communities in South Seattle: A profile of Andrea Ostrovsky and Mary DeJong, Forest Stewards at Cheasty Greenspace

IMG_0529Before 2008, the Cheasty Greenspace was a much different place than it is today.  The park’s trees were being smothered by English Ivy, its open spaces were being filled in by dumping, and its dark trails regularly hosted an assortment of illicit activities.  The early work of the Greenspace’s forest stewards, Mary DeJong and Andrea Ostrovsky, involved working with the Seattle Police Department to locate encampments and with volunteers to create survivor rings for hundreds of the park’s trees.

Today, the park feels safer.  Sunlight, previously blocked by the dense overstory of ivy, now streams through the trees to welcome visitors who come to enjoy the Greenspace’s trails and natural beauty.  This change is the result of the hard work of Cheasty’s neighbors, including Andrea and Mary – the restoration efforts devoted leaders.

The two met over their “passion for the need for safe forested parks in our urban neighborhoods within which ALL could safely enjoy and recreate.”  They now host community work parties in the Greenspace on the first Saturday of every month.  Volunteers, including a dedicated group from Seattle Pacific University, have cleared invasive species from over half of the site’s acreage.  But they aren’t stopping at ivy removal.

Aside from the ongoing restoration at Cheasty, Mary and Andrea have a greater vision for their work. They see the Greenspace as a potential link between Beacon Hill’s Lockmore neighborhood and Columbia City.  “How amazing would it be to walk in the woods to the Columbia City Light Rail Station en route to work downtown?” asks Mary.  The value of adding natural areas to the morning commute is very clear.  They also see Cheasty as a venue for the diverse and traditionally underserved Rainier Valley community to get outside and enjoy experiences in an urban wilderness.

The two are thankful for the support of the Green Seattle Partnership in helping them achieve their goals.  Mary explained, “I am amazed that an organization exists to assist average citizens and impact change to this level.”  They both encourage citizens of Seattle to “Get Involved!”

To get involved with Cheasty Greenspace, attend one of their volunteer events posted on the Green Seattle website and the Friends of Cheasty Greenspace Facebook.

Green Tacoma Day

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Explore, learn, or volunteer in one of Tacoma’s many natural areas on Sept 26th from 9am – noon.  You can choose from a wide range of activities, including park restoration events, park tours and educational events at 13 different sites throughout Tacoma, including:

Blueberry Park
First Creek
Julia’s Gulch
Meadow Park Golf Course
Oak Tree Park
Point Defiance Park
Puget Creek.
Swan Creek Park
Tacoma Community College’s campus nature area, Kia kaha
Tacoma Nature Center
Titlow Beach
University of Puget Sound’s Live Green House
Wapato Park
For more detailed information visit: www.greentacoma.org

Celebrate National Public Lands Day!

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National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2008, 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, and planted over 1.6 million trees. Join us at one of our many Green Cities events for the 16th annual National Public Lands Day.

Tacoma: 2nd Annual Green Tacoma Day, various sites, including Julia’s Gulch, Oak Tree Park, Point Defiance Park, Puget Creek, Tacoma Community College, and Titlow Beach, 9am-12pm

Seattle: Schmitz Preserve, West Duwamish Greenbelt, and Coleman Park, various times

Redmond: Idylwood Beach Park, 9am-12pm

Kirkland: Kiwanis Park, 9am-12pm

Kent: Lake Fenwick Park, 9am-12pm

For more information on National Public Lands Day, visit their website.

Green Cities Live from Park(ing) Day!

parkingday_image.phpHave lunch plans today?  Join us for lunch in the park.  We’re taking over a bunch of parking spaces in Seattle and Tacoma and turning them into parks!  And we want you to bring your lunch and hang out at our parks tomorrow, September 18th to celebrate PARK(ing) Day, a global day when parking spots temporarily become public parks.  It’s a day to remember that Parking Spots = Public Spaces. Public space is limited and valuable and it’s an opportunity to rethink the way we balance the use of that space between people and cars.

Stop by either park to show your support and say hello.  Transportation Choices Coalition is partnering with the Green Seattle Partnership, Cascade Land Conservancy, Zipcar, Cascade Bicycle Club , and University of Washington Tacoma to to celebrate PARK(ing) day in Seattle and Tacoma!  There will be giveaways, plenty of information and a bicycle-powered smoothie machine!

For information about PARK(ing) DAY, check out http://www.parkingday.org

SEATTLE:
WHEN: Friday, September 18, 10am-2pm
WHERE: 1st Ave between University and Seneca
Co-hosted by: Transportation Choices Coalition, Green Seattle Partnership and Cascade Land Conservancy, Zipcar, and the Cascade Bicycle Club

TACOMA:
WHEN: Friday, September 18, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Pacific Ave and 19th Street in front of the University of Washington Tacoma (near the UWT Starbucks)
Co-hosted by: Transportation Choices Coalition, Cascade Land Conservancy , and the University of Washington Tacoma