Register for Green Seattle Day 2012 and Be a Volunteer for the SW Queen Anne Greenbelt

Green Seattle Day, an all-volunteer effort to plant native trees and shrubs in Seattle parks, kicks off on November 3rd. The SW Queen Anne Greenbelt is on the list and so far only 3 of 20 volunteer slots are filled – so there’s an opportunity for you to register and help out the sole Queen Anne park on the list.

The Green Seattle Partnership is a joint effort by the City of Seattle, Forterra, other local nonprofit organizations, and volunteers to restore and steward Seattle’s parks and green spaces. Over 150 Earth Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers have cleared the area so the SW Queen Anne Greenbelt team will have a clean slate for planting 200-400 trees and shrubs. The team will also remove invasive ivy and create survival rings to protect trees from ivy.

Key Details:
What: Green Seattle Day at SW Queen Anne Greenbelt
Where: 1154 Elliott Ave W at W Lee, meet behind Super Supplements
When: Nov 3rd, 10am-2pm
Registration: RSVP online so the coordinator can plan for supplies

What Should I Bring?
Tools, gloves, and restoration supplies will be provided. If you have gloves or clippers, please bring them. Volunteers should also bring their own water. Wear warm clothes and rain gear, and note that since some areas are sloped, sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Removal of blackberry vines will be one of the activities, and that task requires long sleeves and tough clothing.

RSVP online and mark your calendar!

Seattle parks to adopt smoking ban April 1

Yesterday, Wednesday, February 17, Parks Superintendent Timothy Gallagher announced that he would go ahead with a ban on smoking in all public parks in the city, despite disagreement from the Board of Park Commissioners.

According to Gallagher, the decision was centered around public health, citing the dangers of second hand smoke. Under the new smoking ban, which will go into effect on Thursday, April 1, violators could be banned from city parks for anywhere from one day for first-time offenders, to up to a year. Enforcement will be handled on a complaint basis.

Though many agree with Gallagher’s notion of protecting against second hand smoke, especially in public areas where there are often children, others say this latest smoking ban is severely limiting where they can smoke. See KING5’s video below for more.

What do you think Queen Anne? Are you for or against the smoking ban in public parks?