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May 31, 2012

Our site is restored!

 We have completed our restoration project for 2011-2012 and we are quite happy with the results. Here are some photos of the park 6 weeks after our last work party. The plants are doing well and there is no sign of Scot's broom on our site. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped, our donors, community partners, and supporters! We couldn't have done it without you!

Apr 3, 2012

April 7th Work Party // 10 AM

Our next work party is this Saturday, April 7th from 10 am to 2 pm. Since it is also the day of the park's Easter egg hunt, you will need to park at the top of the hill. We will be planting additional plants of kinnikinnik, camus, and some other shrubs. We may also finish removing some more Scot's Broom. It should be sunny. Come enjoy refreshments and finish planting the site!

Mar 3, 2012

Site Preparation Completed

Finally, today our group and few other volunteers finished hauling down the leftover Scot's broom from last week's removal and spread 34 bails of woodstraw for erosion control. Unfortunately, the woodstraw was not evenly distributed as we had planned in our document. What we planned was: the upper steep slope adjacent to the access road was supposed to be 70% cover, and the lower down slopes were about 40-50%. Because of limited budget, we are not able to place any more order for bails of woodstraw; some parts of the site will be exposed for now until next week's planting.
We didn't expect today's tasks would consume so much time or we would have announced to volunteers for their participation. Volunteers' efforts are REALLY significant contributions to a big project's site like ours. Now let's cross our fingers for next Saturday's volunteer number. IT IS A BEGINNING OF BIG PLANTING PHASE!!!
Mark your calendar for Saturday March 10th, 2012 from 10 am to 2 pm and come out to the Saltwater Park to help us continue with the project.

Feb 24, 2012

Our next restoration party!

We have a work party tomorrow out at Saltwater Park. We will be out there from 10 AM - 2 PM removing the remaining Scot's Broom in the restoration area and installing fascines that we will be creating on site with the Scot's Broom branches. Volunteers are welcome to come help during the work party. Minors will need a parent's signature. Refreshments will be provided by Richmond Beach QFC and Starbucks. Hope to see you there!
View of the site from the playground from last work party

Restoration project update

Our first restoration work party at Saltwater Park was a huge success. We removed the Scot's Broom from two-thirds of our design site with the help of our amazing volunteers. Everyone was working really hard together to remove and haul away the invasive plants. An enormous THANK YOU goes out to the volunteers who came out to help as well as to Richmond Beach QFC and Starbucks for providing refreshments for the event. We are well on our way to restoring the native landscape. Stay tuned for more updates!
Here is the site before we started working. Note the dense Scot's Broom growth.
The UW-REN team designing and coordinating the project   

We love our volunteers!
Hauling away the Scot's Broom
After the restoration work party!
Pausing for a quick group shot
The restoration crew

Feb 11, 2012

Work Party Today!

We have our first work party today from 10 am -2 pm out at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. Work parties are a great way to get involved and help support the restoration project. Come out today and join us in removing Scot's Broom above the playground. We will be providing light refreshments, tools, and gloves. Just bring yourself dressed comfortably for the occasion and a lunch! Hope to see you out there!

Jan 20, 2012

Richmond Beach, ca. 1910

       Despite our first work party being snowed out we have been working this week planning out the project details. We are finalizing our planting plan and are pleased to have received support from Richmond Beach QFC, two local Starbucks shops, and several active community members. Thank you! 

TitleMotorized whaleboat with nine passengers near the coast at Richmond Beach, ca. 1910
Dateca. 1910
The Richmond Beach sand pit, where Richmond Beach Park now sits, is in the background.
Donated by Merna Fae Bailey.
[Sources of caption: Shoreline Historical Museum Staff and note filed with image.]

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