5 Acre Woods February celebration

Monday, February 5, 2018

Celebration at 5 Acre Woods
Photo by Gary Hawkey

By Donna Hawkey

Lake Forest Park residents from various neighborhoods came together on Saturday, February 3rd to celebrate the City’s acquisition of 5 Acre Woods (5AW).

This effort has been very community driven with lots of contributions of hard work, and generous donations from LFP residents which currently total $113,000.

Mayor Jeff Johnson announced that the City is getting ready to include 5AW into Lake Forest Park’s future parks plan.

A family from Bothell attended who have helped out at four work parties. The teens were looking for Honor Society volunteer hours and saw the 5AW posting on NextDoor.

Residents had the opportunity to hear about the current visions for 5AW. Described as a forest preserve and wildlife paradise, an educational haven, a nature retreat, and an environmental wonder, 5AW is becoming a community project for everyone.

5 Acre Woods was previously owned by Seattle City Light, who never used it for any purpose so the land has been untouched for over forty years. The purchase is being made possible by conservation grants and LFP residents' donations.

If you have ever tried to pull ivy,
you'll know what an accomplishment this is!
Photo by Polly Saunders
 
The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation (LFPSF) has been spearheading this project and encouraged residents to get further involved by attending a monthly work party or by holding a “friend- raising” or fundraising gathering at private homes.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a home gathering, contact LFPSF Fundraising Chair Brad Keefe at keefeba@gmail.com. LFPSF will help you in setting up your gathering.

The next regularly scheduled first Saturday of the month restoration work party will be on Saturday, March 3rd from 9:00am until noon. Refreshments and snacks are provided.

More information on the webpage or Facebook page

5 Acre Woods is located on 40th Pl NE at 45th Pl NE.



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