Volunteer Crew Clears “Secret Trail” in Skyway Park

  Community Interest

by Devin Chicras

On Saturday, December 2, 2023 a dozen volunteers cleared 1,200 square feet of blackberry from the secret trail that starts at the base of the power line hill entrance to Skyway Park.

Group of people posing for a photo in Skyway Park with tools.

Volunteers followed Nick and Anna from King County Parks through the muddy trail and learned about the positive impact our efforts have on the natural environment, who to blame for the proliferation of Himalayan blackberry plants in North America, and when it would be appropriate to call Parks’ resident archeologist to the scene.

After three hours, a staggering four cubic yards of blackberry plants were pulled out of the ground. The newly-cleared trail, which runs on the other side of Taylor Creek adjacent to the picnic shelter, is now ready for us to add 90 new plants next month.

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