Volunteers planted 650 trees, shrubs and plants, and spread 200 yards of mulch throughout the newly constructed wetland areas in Odlin Park on Lopez.
The more than 50 volunteers included many park supporters from Lopez Island, along with San Juan Islanders, the SJI Conservation Corp, and longtime Odlin campers from the mainland.
"We could not be more pleased with the turn out and the energy folks brought to this event. It was hard work and we are so grateful to everyone who helped us get the project done," said Dona Wuthnow, Parks & Fair Director. "Staff will now spread the wetland grasses seed and we’ll wait to see it all emerge in the spring!"
Earlier in the week the Washington Conservation Corps crew helped park staff prepare the site installing 2300’ of deer fencing to protect the new plants and planting a remote wetland enhancement area bringing the total count of new plantings in the park to 803.The work by the more than 50 volunteers completes a phase of the wetland enhancement project.
The Odlin Park Renovation Project began with a Park Board vision as far back as 1976. The County has worked continuously with the community during the last 12+ years to develop the vision.
Project elements completed include:
Upgrades to the park boat ramp
Installation of new mooring buoys
New day use restroom built
Designated boat trailer parking
Picnic pavilion replaced
Water system upgraded
New group campground constructed
A group area shelter built
New campground entrance road work completed
Day use area parking and lawn enlarged
Shoreline walk-in campsites enhanced
Wetland mitigation areas constructed
The county park staff extends heartfelt thank yous to the volunteers, including:
Jo Ann McNerthney;
Nancy Blouin ;
San Juan Island Youth Conservation Corps.;
SJI Dollars for Scholars Volunteer.
(Parks wishes to apologize if anyone was missed or any names misspelled – the work of all volunteers is appreciated.)
The final Parks department thank yous go to Isabel’s Espresso and South End Grocery & Restaurant for their coffee and cookie donations. And to Vortex Café and Holly B’s Bakery for providing tasty food that kept the party-goers shoveling and planting.