Let’s Get Dirty

In honor of Earth Day, Arbor Day and National Parks Week, the City of University Place will hold its annual Parks Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. This marks the 16th year that U.P. residents have brought their shovels, rakes, gloves and pruners to a U.P. park to clean and beautify the public space in anticipation of the warm months ahead. This year’s event will take place at Paradise Pond Park, 3124 67th Avenue West.

U.P. volunteers will be part of a larger county-wide effort on April 22 that will see nearly 2,000 other residents working in their local parks. Across Pierce County, these volunteers will enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that they are improving their own communities while also getting in a good workout to benefit their own health and well-being.

Individuals, families, businesses and neighborhood and community groups are encouraged to participate. Dress warm and bring your own tools (be sure to label them with your name and phone number). Over the course of three hours be prepared to plants flowers, trees and shrubs, as well as remove debris, spread gravel and mulch.

Past participants say the time flew by and that they made new friends and reconnected with old acquaintances. So bring your enthusiasm and get ready to burn some calories and have fun! Working as a community, we will achieve more.

For more information on how to volunteer and get involved in Parks Appreciation Day, call 253.460.6493.