40 volunteers work at Cedarbrook grounds at park clean-up event

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

From The Coalition for the Preservation of Cedarbrook

On Saturday, May 19, the Coalition for the Preservation of Cedarbrook sponsored a Cedarbrook Park Clean-Up. On a beautiful sunny day, over 40 of our neighbors turned out with tools in hand to clean up our park and show their continuing support for the acquisition and preservation of the Cedarbrook Elementary School property as a Community Park.

Young and old worked side by side to cut mountains of blackberries, clear brush, pull weeds, and pick up a ton of garbage. The group worked throughout the property, clearing paths, cleaning up around the school building, clearing brush from long buried stairways and rock gardens, and doing all we could to make our park beautiful.

It was an exceptional turn out and a great time was had by all.

Goodies were provided and a special thanks goes out to North City Lumber for their donation of yummy treats.

We encourage our entire community to let the Shoreline School District and the Shoreline City Council know how important Cedarbrook Park is to our community.

Cedarbrook School, on Perkins Way, is a long-surplused Shoreline elementary school. It was used as a transition school during the modernization of the elementary schools in the Shoreline district 20 years ago, but was deemed too small a property to be used on a full-time basis. The last uses of the school buildings were for the Hi-Cap program, now housed at Meridian Park, and a private school which moved to another location after a few years. The property includes a small stream, Whispering Creek, and playing fields which are literally on the border of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park and have long been used by the neighborhood.

Lake Forest Park declined for budget reasons, but Shoreline Parks agreed to add the property to its inventory. Implicit in the agreement is the understanding that volunteers will be heavily involved in the maintenance of the property.


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