Volunteer opportunities abound as city celebrates Earth Day
West Linn's biggest volunteer event of the year will come about a month earlier this year — and under a different name.
Gone is Take Care of West Linn Day, which generally took place in May, and in its place is a citywide Earth Day Work Day. It will also be a Comcast Cares Day, as West Linn was selected by the company to be part of its 17th annual volunteer event that stretches across the globe April 21.
"This is the first time we've ever applied (for Comcast Cares)," said Recreation Coordinator Terri Jones. "(On the trail at Willamette Park) we're going to be clearing debris and some invasive, non-native vegetation (as well as) composting, planting and mulching.
"(Comcast) is supporting the day by providing T-shirts, breakfast, lunch and then they give us a cash grant award, a certain amount based on the number of volunteers that day. Our goal is 150 volunteers."
The Willamette Park trail is the City's newest, and rests along the river. As part of the Comcast Cares event, volunteers will work to create an "edible forest."
"It's all native vegetation that is either whole or edible in part to humans," Jones said. "If people are interested in that kind of project or gardening or using public spaces for food, it might be something to volunteer for in the future to maintain and expand it."
Comcast will also have a staff member out on the Willamette Greenway to paint rocks with kids.
"So for young kids tired of cleaning debris, they can participate and then go out and put those on the trail," Jones said.
Beyond the Comcast Cares project, a number of other projects are being organized through SOLVE at Mary S. Young Park, the McLean House, Burnside Park and Maddax Woods. The Neighbors for a Livable West Linn group is also hosting an Earth Day event through SOLVE at the White Oak Savanna.
"Everyone should be able to find something close to them to do," Jones said.
The decision to rebrand Take Care of West Linn Day on a different date came down to environmental factors.
"We opted for Earth Day because it's a better day to do plantings," Jones said. "Plants have a much better chance of surviving if we get them in the ground earlier."
Volunteer for the Comcast Cares project by visiting bit.ly/2J1wODL.
The SOLVE project details are as follows:
Mary S. Young Park — Removal of invasive species and cleanup of park. Tools and gloves provided.
The McLean House and Park — Weeding, trimming, painting, power washing and spreading mulch.
Burnside Park — Removal of English ivy and other invasives. Tools and gloves provided.
Maddax Woods — General cleanup of trails and gardens. Tools and gloves provided.
All volunteer sites will have light breakfast foods and beverages. Sign up for SOLVE projects at www.solveoregon.org/.
Finally, the West Linn Rotary Club is hosting an electronics recycling event April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hammerle Park. Residents are encouraged to bring old TVs, computers, printers, keyboards and more. Rotary will make sure the items are properly disposed of.