Green City Photoshoots

banksonplant Bankson - Juanita BayPlanting in the Rain – Juanita Bay Park (above & left) – Bill Bankson








Thank you volunteer photographers! The Green City Partnerships have recently been the lucky recipients of some fantastic volunteer photography. Although we’ve been able to muddle along over the years with pictures taken on pocket-sized cameras by our multi-tasking Green Cities staff as we try to simultaneously run volunteer events, photography has often been an after-thought. These expert photographers, however, come prepared with with multiple lenses, super zooms, and a keen eye (even braving torrential rain) and leave us with beautiful, artistic documentation of the great work going on in our parks.

Bill and Kris have helped us truly celebrate the return of fall & planting season! Click on the Dates below to find all their photographs.

Farrel-McWhirter - Blackberry Removal - Kris Rooke


Oct 10th – Green Redmond, RYPAC (Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee) Planting Event at Farrel-McWhirter Park

Oct 17th – Green Kirkland Planting Event at Juanita Bay Park


Oct 10th – Green Redmond, RYPAC (Redmond Youth Parntership Advisory Committee) Planting Event

Oct 17th – Green Kirkland Planting Event at Juanita Bay Park

Oct 31st – Green Redmond Halloween Planting Event at Idylwood Park

banksonplant Bankson - Juanita Bay

Juanita Bay Park –


Calling all Teens!

RYPACOct10This event is hosted by The Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee (RYPAC), a youth voice for Redmond

With the direction of the Cascade Land Conservatory and Redmond Parks dept., we will be pulling out invasive species and planting native shrubs and trees. This is a great opportunity to get service hours and give back to the community parks system.

REI will have goodies for all participants. Teens are expected to wear appropriate work clothes, and we will provide gloves and tools.

What: Park clean-up

When: October 10, 2009

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00pm

Where: Farrel-McWhirter Park (19545 NE Redmond Rd, Redmond, WA 98053)

Why: Meet other teens, get service hours, and restore the parks

Make sure to have parents come with students to sign a waiver, or bring a signed waiver (download one from the green redmond website).

New Green Redmond Forest Steward Ready to Begin Work at Farrel-McWhirter

Forest Steward Miguel LlanosWe could never accomplish our goals without the hard work of our Forest Stewards – a group of dedicated, trained volunteers who take on a leadership role by “adopting” a site at a local park and serving as a point-person for restoration and maintenance there.

At Farrel-McWhirter Park, new Forest Steward Miguel Llanos has a “keep it simple” strategy: creating a group of neighbors (and anyone else interested in helping out) who he can e-mail (or call) a few days before heading out to the park for 2 to 3 hours of work on a weekend morning. He could use your help! Although much of this beautiful park is in good shape, it needs regular maintenance to control the spread of invasive species. Miguel is hoping to organize a small group to “drop in and dig out” invasives about once a month.

If you’d like to be on Miguel’s contact list, feel free to e-mail him at Miguel.llanos [at]

To learn more about the Forest Steward Program, visit