Friends of RB Saltwater Park spend Saturday sprucing up the park

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Photos by Wayne Pridemore

On Saturday morning, October 13, 2018 many long time members of Friends of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park had a work party to plant some new shrubs on the hillside and add mulch to other young plantings.

The group has volunteered for years, working regularly in the large park to remove invasive (non-native) plants.

They replace them with native, low-maintenance shrubs.

They always start near the lower parking lot restrooms and work from there.

At times, the King County conservation district has provided funds and expertise. 

Community members volunteer. Students from Shorewood get required volunteer hours by participating.

Kay Lakey, right, is an original member of the Friends of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park and has been volunteering regularly. Valeria, left, is a volunteer who attends Shorewood High School.

The "Friends" work with Shoreline's Parks department to maintain the area's new plantings throughout the year.

John Carver has also participated with the park volunteer program for many years.

In the summer, the focus is on removing weeds (a.k.a. invasive plants like English Ivy or Himalayan Blackberry). In the winter, the focus is on planting young native trees and shrubs.


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