Watering our native plantings is an important step in ensuring the growth of a future healthy forest at our Green Redmond restoration sites. For three full months this summer, an enthusiastic group of families watered the native trees and shrubs at Idylwood Park weekly keeping them hydrated. Most of the families who volunteered have children at Audubon Elementary School or Rose Hill Middle School; and neighbors even got involved, as one volunteer is a neighbor of the park and had fun watering with her granddaughter.
Almost all of the volunteer crew from this summer has watered in Idylwood Park for three years; and this year alone we had a total of 30 people who participated! Due to Covid-19, volunteers worked in family groups only. Laurie Gogic, a retired Audubon Elementary teacher and Forest Steward at Idylwood Park, coordinated the crew and set up the watering schedule. Chris Tolonen, the maintenance lead for the City of Redmond, and his crew filled the park’s seven water barrels every Tuesday morning. Each family signed up for a specific zone in the park, and watered that zone at their convenience for their assigned week. Thanks to the hard work and diligence of this fabulous crew; the trees and shrubs at Idylwood are looking great and thriving because of you! Congratulations for a job well done!