West Hill Action Mob, Boeing Volunteers Tackle Skyway Park

  West Hill Action Mob

by Devin Chicras

The good folks from the Boeing NWRSS Diversity Group joined our steadfast West Hill Action Mob (WHAM) volunteers to help reclaim the riparian area in Skyway Park on June 20th.

West Hill Action Mob (WHAM) Work Party volunteers in Skyway Park, June 20 2015

We had about 25 hard-working volunteers from Boeing NWRSS Diversity Group along with members of our community working under the leadership of Lina Rose and Kirstie Englis from King County Parks. Following up on the progress we made at the WHAM Spring Cleanup in April, we cleared invasive weeds, cleaned up litter, applied bark mulch and had a terrific time.

West Hill Action Mob (WHAM) Work Party volunteers in Skyway Park, June 20 2015

Lina lent her expertise on safe working techniques, organized tasks to be done and helped with plant identification. Many in the group expressed appreciation for learning about plants and ecosystems.

Lina Rose from King County Parks - West Hill Action Mob (WHAM) Work Party volunteers in Skyway Park, June 20 2015
Lina Rose describes herself as a plant geek. She has a wealth of knowledge about native and non-native species.

We had enough volunteers that we were able to split up into groups tackling multiple goals. Here we’re preparing to distribute mulch on the weeded areas.

West Hill Action Mob (WHAM) Work Party volunteers laying mulch in Skyway Park, June 20 2015

We had a bucket brigade delivering mulch and a designated “mulch master” on the left assisted by a very helpful young man and his mom.

Here’s how it looks with invasive weeds removed and fresh mulch applied:

West Hill Action Mob (WHAM) Work Party - fresh mulch in Skyway Park, June 20 2015
We also cleared blackberries and litter from the area near the footbridge where poor visibility invites crime.

West Hill Action Mob (WHAM) Work Party volunteers clearing blackberries in Skyway Park, June 20 2015

We filled an entire dump truck! Here’s just a small portion:

West Hill Action Mob (WHAM) Work Party - invasive weeds cleared in Skyway Park, June 20 2015

As always, we’d like to acknowledge King County Community Service Area Grant Program’s support in helping us afford a portion of the insurance we need in order to do our WHAM events.

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