Planting for the Future at Big Finn Hill

Planting for the Future at Big Finn Hill

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, about 60 volunteers pitched in to help with a planting project at Big Finn Hill Park. The volunteers planted 45 native trees, along with a dozen varieties of native shrubs in an area once overrun by blackberries, northeast of the playground. Over 280 plants were planted and mulched! Dozens of sneaky blackberries were also uprooted and removed.

The volunteers included 40 parents and kids from Emerald Parents, a non-profit focusing on parenting activities for the Chinese community in the Seattle-Metro area. Emerald Parents have become very involved in restoration of the Juanita Woodlands and we are thrilled to have their help!

The weather was terrific, with blue sky and balmy temperatures for January. The group was led by Lina Rose at King County Parks, and coordinated by Finn Hill Alliance board member, Jeanette Leach.

So, what’s next for this area? Maintenance is needed to keep the blackberries from returning along with periodic watering to get the plants through the first summer. The area will also need more mulching.

The next planting work party in Big Finn Hill Park is February 24 at 10 am. We’ll be planting just north of the area planted on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To get involved, contact Lina Rose  Lina.rose@kingcounty.gov

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