Green Seattle Day is a meaningful way to connect with nature and create a healthy and vibrant community by removing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs in a park near you. The event will take place in 17 parks city-wide. All are welcome and no experience is necessary to participate in restoration and tree-planting projects.
Green Seattle Day is a celebration of Seattle’s 2,500 acres of forested parks and the committed neighbors who care for them. Event kicks off the 2013-2014 restoration planting season. We supply all tools and supplies. So, grab a water bottle, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to have fun in the forest!
“Forested parklands are a key element of Seattle’s high quality of life, making the city beautiful, creating natural areas for habitat and recreation and providing ecosystem services like helping to clean our stormwater,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “I’m grateful to the thousands of volunteers that pitch in every year to restore and maintain this valuable resource for the city.”
“The Green City Days are an amazing demonstration of community-driven problem solving in action,” said Kory Kramer, Forterra Green Cities Program Manager. “Our forested parklands are threatened by invasive species. Volunteer restoration events such as these remove invasive species and restore native forests while fostering a sense of civic and community pride. Seattle’s continued support of this important work is critical for achieving regional stewardship goals.”
Restoring, planting and growing trees in urban areas is critical for maintaining healthy communities. Forested parklands are assets that beautify and strengthen our neighborhoods. They provide us with clean air and water, stormwater retention and reduced flooding, habitat for wildlife, carbon sequestration, noise buffers and natural spaces where residents can connect with nature and take a break from the built environment.
Odwalla, Target and REI are key sponsors of Green Seattle Day this year, along with Seattle Parks and a long list of supporting non-profit partners and community groups. This year’s main event site will be hosted by Seattle Parks, Nature Consortium, and Forterra at the West Duwamish Greenbelt, Seattle’s largest contiguous greenbelt located in West Seattle.
To volunteer or for additional details for Green Seattle Day please visit http://greenseattle.org/green-seattle-day-2013
When: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturday, November 2, 2013
Where: 17 parks throughout Seattle and central hub event at West Duwamish Greenbelt
Event parking in the South Parking lot at South Seattle Community College 6000 16th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA 98106