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Volunteers take care of Southwest County Park

Series: Coronavirus | Story 259

Last updated 8/18/2020 at 5:08pm

Bob Sears

From left: Weston Siegenthaler, Lisa Villanueva, and Mikael Ohman pull ivy from Southwest County Park.

Every Saturday, a dedicated group of volunteers take to Southwest County Park to clear ivy and blackberries, and generally keeping the park clean for its many visitors.

"During COVID, we have been doing that every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, 9, and we'll continue with our mission for as long as we can," said Mikael Ohman, who added that five to six people stop by to help on a typical Saturday.

"The long-term objective is to work our way through the whole park and get rid of ivy, holly and Himalayan blackberry, but also to maintain the trails. This winter several of the trails got into a pretty sorry state, resulting in people expanding the trails to get out of the mud.

"We'd like to have the manpower to do both the trail improvements needed so that the rain doesn't turn the trails into mud baths, as well as continuing to work with getting rid of invasive plants.

"The park is getting more well known, which is great – it is an oasis in the "middle" of Edmonds – our largest park in fact – but that means more foot traffic, which puts more wear and tear on the trails. We need to step up the trail maintenance so the trails drain better and can withstand that wear."

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