Welcome to the Green Tukwila Partnership!

A new partnership has begun between many agencies and organizations working together for healthy parks and healthy people in Tukwila. The City of Tukwila, non-profits Forterra, EarthCorps, and the SCA, and local businesses, faith-based groups, and neighbors are all helping to care for public parks, shorelines, and natural areas across the city.

We believe that Tukwila deserves great parks, green trees, and beautiful shorelines along the Duwamish River. If you agree, join us!

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Come join us at the fall kickoff event and planting celebration on Saturday, October 22nd!

Volunteer planting will be happening at two places along the Duwamish Shoreline and at the Duwamish Hill Preserve as part of Duwamish Alive!, an annual event where volunteers come together all along the Duwamish River to plant trees and shrubs, remove invasive weeds, and keep the river healthy for fish, other animals and plants, and for people. A healthy river means a healthy community. Please join us for this fun, family-friendly event! No experience necessary. Gloves, tools, and materials provided.

Volunteer on the Duwamish Shoreline at Gateway Drive

Volunteer on the Duwamish Shoreline at Cecil Moses Park

Volunteer at the Duwamish Hill Preserve

Why are we doing this?

Did you know that trees and green plants play a huge role in a healthy and happy city? There is a strong link between getting outside into nature – even just a little bit – and better mental health and physical well-being. Check out this story in the New York Times about walking under trees and the effect that has on your brain by helping to lower stress and increase positive thinking. Take that with how much mental and physical health are interrelated, and it’s not surprising that many doctors like this one are telling their patients to get outside more. Well-cared-for parks that get regular use, especially with neighborhood volunteers getting involved, also help reduce crime and keep cities safer.

If you want to dig further into the science of all of these benefits that nearby nature is ready to give us, this is a great website with a lot of information.

But we can’t enjoy it if we don’t have it. Tukwila’s parks and natural areas need some TLC to make sure they stay healthy too. So the Green Tukwila Partnership will be planting trees and other plants, pulling invasive weeds, and working together to make sure these public places stay green. We can’t do it alone.nick-krittawat-photo-credit-51

Be a part of something great happening in Tukwila

Click the links above to volunteer with us at Duwamish Alive on Saturday, October 22nd.

Join our mailing list to stay updated about the Green Tukwila Partnership.

Want to do more? We are gathering a team of volunteers to adopt different parks and help lead the effort to keep them healthy and green. You can learn about trees and environmental restoration, bring your neighbors together around fun projects, and be a local leader. We are especially looking at North Wind’s Weir, Duwamish Hill Preserve, Tukwila Community Center, Riverton Park, the Duwamish Shoreline (section just north of the I-5 overpass), Thorndyke Elementary School, Crestview Park, Crystal Springs Park, Tukwila Park, and Bicentennial Park, but we want to hear your favorites, too. Is there a Tukwila Park or natural area in the city that you think could use a little love?  Email us to talk about ways to get involved.

Contact us

If you have questions about the Green Tukwila Partnership, or ideas you want to share, don’t hesitate to be in touch. You can reach us at greentukwila@forterra.org, or by phone at (206) 905-6943.

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1,500 volunteers make Green City Days great in 2015

The Puget Sound regional event series known as Green City Days grew this year, finishing strong with a total of 1,512 volunteers participating in seven events over the course of two months. These volunteers worked together to restore and explore local green spaces, planting just over 9,000 native trees and shrubs that will grow up into the future of our healthy urban forest.

The Green City Days series added two more cities this year, to include in total: Seattle, Tacoma, Kirkland, Kent, Redmond, Everett, and Puyallup. While the various Green City Partnerships that created these days regularly host more than 1,500 other restoration events throughout the year, Green City Days are special, celebrating our forested parks and natural areas and the many volunteers and partners that help community-based stewardship programs thrive throughout the year. Businesses, schools, community groups, non-profit organizations, and individuals joined together during these annual service days in October and November to kickoff the Pacific Northwest’s planting season.

In 2015, Green City Days volunteers contributed 4,663 hours of time to restore 35 different urban parks and green spaces across the Puget Sound.

It was the first year that Kirkland and Puyallup hosted a signature event of this kind, and both had a rainy experience on November 14th. But stormy weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Sharon Rodman, Green Kirkland Partnership Supervisor with Kirkland Parks & Community Services said, “Kirkland’s first Green Kirkland Day was a great success and it inspired us to make it an annual tradition.”

The Green Puyallup Partnership, launched earlier this year, is already getting great community support. A volunteer in Puyallup, excited by the effort, stated, “Green Puyallup Day and other events like it are a step in the right direction. Although there are many miles to go, I’m glad I could help make this happen.”

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Green City Days are great opportunities for youth and families to get outside together and have fun while giving back to their local parks. The Green Kent Partnership hosted a fall “Student Challenge” among local high schools leading up to Green Kent Day, which was a huge success. Kent-Meridian High School pulled off a real upset this year with the most number of students attending fall volunteer events, winning bragging rights and prestigious green bandanas!

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Tacoma’s First Creek Middle School teacher Donna Chang continued her school’s annual tradition of hosting Green Tacoma Day to get students and neighbors involved in caring for the natural area adjacent to the school. After a morning of hard work, all of the participants were appreciated with donated prizes and pizza to celebrate.

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Highlights from Green Redmond Day included a visit from Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, who dug in and planted trees alongside everyone else, and a record-setting number of volunteers despite harsh weather that day.

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Green Everett Day was the only event that lucked out with beautiful, sunny weather. A record turnout of 105 volunteers participated, a 40% increase from last year.

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Green Seattle Day, the largest event, celebrated its 10th anniversary. Now an annual tradition for many residents, the event continued to draw a big crowd with 792 volunteers across the city at 16 different parks.

About Green Cities

Access to healthy parks is vital to our cities and our quality of life. Eight Puget Sound cities, including Kent, Everett, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle, Tacoma, Tukwila, and Puyallup, currently make up the Green Cities Network. Collectively, they are working to restore, maintain, and care for over 7,800 acres of publicly-owned urban natural areas and forested parks. Each Green City partners with Forterra to establish a community-based restoration program that brings together local non-profits, community groups, city agencies, neighborhood leaders, and local businesses to support healthy urban green spaces for the future of our region. You can learn more about the Green City Partnerships and Forterra at forterra.org/greencities.