Volunteer Updates, 2014
The Fourth Annual Make a Difference Day event was held on October 25, and the Butt Stops Here cleanup was a huge success. For this year's event, 105 volunteers removed 32 pounds of cigarette butts and 15 bags of garbage from our parks, trails and public spaces.
A big thank you goes to Starbucks for supplying coffee and to Blind Onion Pizza for providing lunch to the volunteers. This year's event had a great group of community volunteers, including the Lewis and Clark Young Marines and the Heritage High School Key Club.
October was a busy month for trail work on the new Vancouver Lake Regional Park trail extension. Washington Trails Association held several work parties and made great progress on grading, laying landscape fabric and placing gravel for the trail.
The University of Portland Women's Rowing Team came out on October 16 and brushed out about 500 feet of trail from the north trailhead. The event had a great turnout with 46 volunteers who worked for nearly three hours.
Thirty-two volunteers with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held their Day of Service on Sept. 20. These volunteers worked for three hours at Lacamas Lake Regional Park and removed scotch broom, a non-native plant, from the Camas Lily Fields. It was a hot day, but that did not deter these volunteers.
Volunteers filled a 10-yard drop box three-fourths full with scotch broom. The scotch broom removal at this site has been ongoing for several years, and the change is readily visible.
Clark County Parks will continue to work to remove scotch broom from the site and invites you to join in. Check out the volunteer calendar for upcoming events.
The Third Annual Clark County Day of Service on Sept. 13 was a wonderful success. Nearly 300 volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Summit View Church and other community volunteers worked at various Clark County parks, trails and roads.
Projects included the Vancouver Lake Trail extension (led by Washington Trails Association), the Andresen Road cleanup, the Pacific Community Park Demonstration Gardens spruce up (led by Clark County Environmental Services) and many more.
In addition to these projects, volunteers also worked at various City of Vancouver parks, Share, elementary schools and other locations. Great job everyone!
The University of Portland joined Clark County Parks again this year for the university's Building Community Service to Learn event.
On Aug. 30, 34 students removed litter from the beaches of Frenchman's Bar Regional Park and removed weeds and grass from the sand surrounding the play structure.
Another group of 42 students joined the Washington Trails Association and helped with the Vancouver Lake Trail Extension.
It's always a lot of fun working with these students. Clark County Parks looks forward to next year.
Coffee Church volunteered at Tenny Creek Neighborhood Park on Aug. 15 and at Stockford Village Neighborhood Park on Aug. 16. The youth group removed litter, raked wood chips, cleaned park features at Tenny Creek and had a lot of fun.
On Aug. 16, church members helped haul cut vegetation at Stockford Village Neighborhood Park to debris bins.
The week prior to the event, parks staff pruned many trees at the park, and the volunteers filled four 10 yard drop boxes with this vegetation. Great team work!
On June 14, Crossroads Community Church held their Second Saturday volunteer event at Camp Hope in Battle Ground.
There was an incredible turnout, with more than 600 volunteers arriving to remodel sleeping quarters, burn brush piles, plant trees and flowers, and complete numerous other tasks. The day was such an incredible success.
Thanks to the Washington Trails Association, incredible progress is being made on the Vancouver Lake Trail Extension.
Nearly three-fourths of the mile-long trail has been brushed out. Volunteers have started grading, putting down landscape fabric and spreading gravel for the new trail.
A big thank you to Washington Trails Association and other volunteers who are helping complete the trail extension. Great job everyone.
The Key Club from Vancouver iTech Preparatory School spent a few hours on May 24 removing blackberries and Herb Robert from the Salmon Creek Greenway. Herb Robert is a noxious weed that is found in the park and throughout Clark County.
The noxious weed was no match for these volunteers, as they removed several large bags of the unwanted vegetation.
Invasive and noxious weeds are prevalent in the community's parks, trails, and green spaces. Clark County Parks appreciates volunteers who worked tirelessly to remove them.
Volunteer gathered at the Salmon Creek Greenway on Saturday, April 26, to celebrate Earth Day. They cut back and dug out blackberries from a particularly thorny patch along the greenway.
Volunteers managed to fill a 10 yard dumpster with the invasive plant and the difference is incredible. Anyone who has removed blackberries can attest to the difficulty, so great job volunteers!
Cadet Manufacturing returned to complete another project with Clark County Parks this year. On Wednesday, April 23, Cadet employees met at Salmon Creek Regional Park to spread bark dust, remove English ivy and clean signs and other park amenities.
The volunteers worked hard for several hours and the park entrance looks great. Great job Cadet!
Clark County Parks partnered with SOLVE for an Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 19, at Frenchman's Bar Regional Park.
Volunteers removed litter from the beach, which keeps it out of the Columbia River and away from the Pacific Ocean.
It was rainy, windy day, but that didn't stop volunteers from removing four bags of trash from the beach.
The Washington Trails Association is working on a trail extension at Vancouver Lake Regional Park (The group's April 12 work party is pictured to the left).
The new mile long section of trail will connect the two access roads off of Erwin O. Rieger Memorial Highway and provide a beautiful trail for bird watching, hiking, running, walking and biking.
Brushing out the trail corridor, grading the trail and spreading gravel will be completed entirely by volunteers. Check out the calendar of events to see additional upcoming work parties with Washington Trails Association at the park.
On April 8, volunteers from the Battle Ground Wal-Mart spent several hours volunteering at Hockinson Meadows Community Park.
Some volunteers spread wood chips along the walking trail at Kane Memorial Dog Park. Others cleaned picnic tables, benches and other park amenities and removed invasive plants.
It was a great group to work with. Clark County Parks looks forward to working with them again in the future.
The Washington Trails Association is hard at work to reroute a section of trail and build a small retaining wall at Whipple Creek Regional Park.
Association members are highly skilled and dedicated to trail work. They have done a great job with the trail. Their efforts, combined with the work of the Whipple Creek Park Restoration Committee, have led to improved drainage and increased accessibility at the trail system.
Thank you to all of dedicated Whipple Creek Regional Park volunteers.
On March 29, a La Center High School student organized an English ivy pull at Whipple Creek Regional Park.
Despite the rain, nearly 20 volunteers turned out, ready to free some the park's trees from this non-native vegetation. Volunteers cleared ivy from 20 trees and made quite a dent in the amount of ivy in this area of the park.
On Saturday, March 29, Clark County Environmental Services led 16 volunteers in a cleanup at the demonstration garden at Pacific Community Park.
Volunteers worked hard to pull weeds, spread compost and plant annuals. Participants included members of the Union High School Ecology Club and the Clark College Gardening Club.
These volunteers worked hard to whip the garden into shape for spring.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, 40 volunteers came out to Lacamas Lake Regional Park to participate in the "I Hearth the Earth" event, sponsored by Whole Foods Market's Green Mission.
Despite persistent, heavy rain, volunteers removed nearly 10 cubic yards of scotch broom and picked up litter along the banks of Round Lake and throughout the park.
Whole Foods generously donated snacks for volunteers, a much-needed pick-me-up in that weather.
Clark County Parks enjoyed working with Whole Foods, Camas High School Key Club, the Union High School National Honor Society and Interact Clubs, as well as other community volunteers.
2014 has been another busy year for the Whipple Creek Park Restoration Committee. Volunteers have spent many hours at the park scraping mud, resurfacing trails, improving drainage and installing a product called Ecogreengrid.
Ecogreengrid is designed to dramatically improve drainage and should reduce mud and other nasty trail conditions.
The Whipple Creek Park Restoration Committee is holding work parties one weekend a month. Check out the online calendar of events and sign up.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service was a great success at Vancouver Lake Regional Park on Monday, Jan. 20.
More than 60 volunteers arrived to work on the trail extension in the north end of the park and to remove litter from along the beach and throughout the park.
Volunteers collected 37 bags of garbage and cleared more than 400 feet of trail. A big thank you to the Washington Trails Association for its support.
Clark County also had help from several local Boys and Girls Clubs, high school students, ongoing parks volunteers and many other community members. Great job everyone!
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