Final preparations are underway at Odlin County Park on Lopez Island for the October 26 and 27 planting party. More than 800 trees, shrubs, and ground plants have arrived, along with all the tools needed for volunteers to help with the final step in the Odlin renovation project.
This is the largest wetland habitat restoration project Parks has ever undertaken. The event promises to be a fun and rewarding outdoor community activity this month, Parks encourages citizens to join in on the Planting Party.
Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs to enhance wetlands and wildlife habitat in the park. The event will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day and volunteers can choose to help for one or more four-hour shifts over the weekend. The shifts generally will start at 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.
"Although park staff are encouraging volunteers to sign up for specific work shifts, we are flexible and willing to accommodate all those who want to participate. Volunteers from other islands are encouraged to come as well! Odlin Park is offering free camping to volunteers for the duration of the event," says Christina Giamalis, Volunteer Coordinator for San Juan County Parks.
"County Parks really needs your help with this planting – all the plants need to be in the ground this fall while conditions are good, so please come out and support your park!" says Dona Wuthnow, Parks & Fair Director.
To make the event more fun for all, delicious locally produced food and drink will be available. Isabel’s Espresso and the South End General Store have made generous beverage and snack donations. Volunteers will receive a cotton shoulder bag or a patch, with the Parks’ logo, as a thank you for their efforts. For those camping overnight, there will be a bonfire Saturday evening.
This event is an opportunity for volunteers to see the changes that have occurred at Odlin Park first-hand, spend time with friends, and plant trees. All ages are welcome to participate. School-aged youth can receive community service credit for participating.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity and to register, please contact Christina or Jennifer at the Parks main office: Parks@sanjuanco.com or 378-8420.