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Photo of a volunteer group after completing a habitat restoration project in a local park
Photo of a Cub Scout pack who volunteered to remove litter at a local skateboarding park

 

Clark County Parks Volunteer Program
Project Updates

Volunteers play an integral role in keeping local parks, trails and sports fields thriving! New project updates will be added monthly so we encourage you to check back regularly to see what's happening. 

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On Saturday, March 26th, volunteers with the Lions Club and Skyview GEAR UP arrived at Hazel Dell Community Park to spread wood chips, transplant ferns and spread gravel under the picnic tables. The volunteers worked hard for 3 hours, and some of the GEAR UP students even stayed late to continue working! GEAR UP has been a great group to work with and have had a presence at many of our volunteer events.

On February 18th, the Washington Trails Association completed the Vancouver Lake trail extension at Vancouver Lake Park. Volunteers have been working on this project since September of 2013, and the Washington Trails Association played a major role in the trail construction. They donated more than 2,100 hours to the project. The completed trail is now open to the public, and we will hold an official grand opening in May.

Wednesday, January 13th marked a very exciting day for Clark County Parks. On this cold and rainy day, volunteers, a Clark County corrections crew and grounds maintenance staff worked together to spread more than 100 yards of wood chips under the new play equipment at Stockford Village Park. This was the final step in the installation process and the new play equipment was opened to the public that day. Since then, rain or shine, children have been enjoying the play equipment daily. Funding for the new play equipment came from Clark County Parks and the Parks Foundation of Clark County 2015 Community Grant.

Our 4th Annual Make a Difference Day Challenge: The Butt Stops Here was a huge success! We had 105 volunteers participate and they removed 32 pounds of cigarette butts and 15 bags of garbage from our parks, trails, and public spaces. A big thank you goes out to Starbucks for supplying coffee and to Blind Onion Pizza for providing lunch to the volunteers. We had a great group of community volunteers, including the Lewis and Clark Young Marines and the Heritage High School Key Club. Thank you everyone!

October was a busy month for trail work on the new Vancouver Lake Park trail extension. Washington Trails Association held several work parties this month and made great progress on grading, laying landscape fabric, and graveling the trail. Also, the University of Portland Women's Rowing Team came out on Thursday, October 16th and brushed out about 500 feet of trail from the north trail head. They had a great turnout with 46 volunteers who worked hard for nearly three hours.

We look forward to completion of the new trail--hopefully in the fall of 2015!

Thirty-two volunteers with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held their Day of Service on Saturday, September 20th. These volunteers worked for three hours at Lacamas Park and removed scotch broom, a non-native plant, from the Camas Lily Fields. It was a hot day, but that did not deter these volunteers! The volunteers filled a 10 yard drop box 3/4 full with scotch broom. The scotch broom removal at this site has been on-going for several years, and the change is readily visible. We will continue to battle the scotch broom at the site and invite you to join in! Check out our calendar of events for upcoming events.
The 3rd Annual Clark County Day of Service on Saturday, September 13th was a wonderful success! Nearly 300 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Summit View Church, and other community volunteers served at various Clark County parks, trails, and roads. Projects included the Vancouver Lake Trail extension (led by WTA), the Andresen Road cleanup, the Pacific Park Demonstration Garden spruce up (led by Clark County Environmental Services) and many more. In addition to these projects, volunteers also served at various City of Vancouver parks, Share, elementary schools, and other organizations and non-profits. As always, it is an honor to be part of such a wonderful, county-wide day of giving back to the community. Great job everyone!
The University of Portland joined Clark County Parks again this year for their Building Community Service to Learn event. On August 30th, 34 students removed litter from the beaches of Frenchman's Bar park and removed weeds and grass from the sand surrounding the play structure. Another group of 42 students joined the Washington Trails Association and helped with the Vancouver Lake Trail Extension. It's always a lot of fun working with these students, and we look forward to next year!
Coffee Church volunteered at Tenny Creek Park on Friday, August 15th and at Stockford Village Park on Saturday, August 16th. The youth group removed litter, raked wood chips, and cleaned park features at Tenny Creek and had a lot of fun. On Saturday, church members helped haul cut vegetation at Stockford Village Park to debris bins. The week prior to the event, parks staff pruned many trees at the park, and the volunteers filled four 10 yard drop boxes with this vegetation. Great team work!
On June 14th, Crossroads Community Church held their Second Saturday volunteer event at Camp Hope in Battle Ground.  There was an incredible turnout, with over 600 volunteers arriving to remodel sleeping quarters, burn brush piles, plant trees and flowers, and numerous other tasks.  The day was such an incredible success and it was so exciting to be part of the day! 
Thanks to the Washington Trails Association, we are making incredible progress on the Vancouver Lake Trail Extension. Nearly 3/4 of the mile long trail has been brushed out, and we are now starting to grade, put down landscape fabric, and gravel the new trail. A big thank you to WTA and our other volunteers who are helping complete the trail extension!  Great job everyone. 
The Key Club from Vancouver iTech Preparatory School spent a few hours on Saturday, May 24th removing blackberries and Herb Robert from the Salmon Creek Greenway. Herb Robert is a noxious weed that is found at the park and throughout Clark County. It was no match for these volunteers, as they removed several large bags of the weed! Invasive and noxious weeds are prevalent at our parks, trails, and green spaces, and we really appreciate our volunteers efforts to remove them.
Volunteer also gathered at the Salmon Creek Greenway on Saturday, April 26th to celebrate Earth Day. They worked on cutting back and digging out blackberries from a particularly bad patch along the Greenway.  The volunteers managed to fill a 10 yard dumpster with the invasive plant and the difference is incredible! Anyone who has removed blackberries can attest to the difficulty, so great job volunteers!
Cadet Manufacturing returned to complete another project with Clark County Parks again this year. On Wednesday, April 23rd, Cadet employees met at Salmon Creek Park to spread bark dust, remove English Ivy, and clean signs and other park amenities. The volunteers worked hard for several hours and the park entrance looks great!  Great job Cadet!
Clark County Parks partnered with SOVLE for their Earth day celebration in April.  On Saturday, April 19, volunteers gathered at Frenchman's Bar Park to remove litter from the beach.  Cleaning up this litter ensures that it will not enter the Columbia River, thus keeping it out of the Pacific Ocean.  It was rainy and windy, but that didn't stop our volunteers from removing 4 bags of trash from the beach.
The Washington Trails Association is also helping Clark County Parks with a trail extension at Vancouver Lake Regional Park (Their April 12th work party is pictured to the left). The new mile long section of trail will connect the two access roads off of Rieger Highway and provide a beautiful trail for bird watching, hiking, running, walking and biking. Brushing out the trail corridor, grading the trail, and graveling the trail will be completed entirely by volunteers, and we need your help!  Check out the calendar of events to see additional upcoming work parties with WTA at the park.
On April 8th, volunteers from the new Battle Ground Wal-Mart scheduled to open in May spent several hours volunteering at Hockinson Meadows Park. Some of the volunteers helped spread wood chips along the walking trail at the DogPaw Dog Park in the back of the park. Others cleaned picnic tables, benches and other park amenities and removed invasive plants. It was a great group to work with and we look forward to working with them again in the future! Thank you for your hard work.
The Washington Trails Association is hard at work re-route a section of trail and building a small retaining wall at Whipple Creek Regional Park. WTA is highly skilled and very dedicated to trail work and have done a great job with trail work at the park. Their efforts, combined with the efforts of the Whipple Creek Restoration Committee, have led to improved drainage and increased accessibility at the trail system. Thank you to all of our dedicated Whipple Creek Park volunteers.
On March 29th, a La Center High School student organized an English Ivy pull at Whipple Creek Regional Park. Despite the rain, nearly 20 volunteers arrived ready to free some of the trees at the park from this non-native vine. The volunteers cleared ivy from 20 trees and made quite a dent in the amount of ivy in this area of the park. Great job!
On Saturday March 29th, Clark County Environmental Services led 16 volunteers in a cleanup at the demonstration garden at Pacific Community Park. The volunteers worked hard to pull weeds, spread compost and plant annuals. We had a variety of community volunteers, including members of the Union High School Ecology Club and the Clark College Gardening Club. These volunteers worked hard and whipped the garden into shape for spring!
On Saturday, February 15th, 40 volunteers came out to Lacamas Park to participate in the "I Hearth the Earth" event sponsored by Whole Foods Markets, Green Mission. Despite the persistent pouring rain, volunteers removed nearly 10 cubic yards of scotch broom and picked up litter along the banks of Round Lake and from throughout the park. Whole Foods generously donated snacks for volunteers, a much needed pick me up in that weather! We really enjoyed working with Whole Foods, Camas High School Key Club, the Union High School National Honor Society and Interact Clubs, as well as other community volunteers.
2014 has been another busy year for the Whipple Creek Restoration Committee. Volunteers have spent many hours at the park scraping mud, resurfacing the trails, improving drainage, and installing a product called EcoGreen Grid. The grid is designed to drastically improve drainage and should improve the trail conditions. The Whipple Creek Restoration Committee is holding work parties one weekend a month. Check out our calendar of events and sign up!
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was a great success at Vancouver Lake Park on Monday, January 20th. over sixty volunteers arrived to work on the trail extension in the north end of the park, and to remove litter from along the beach and throughout the park. Volunteers removed 37 bags of garbage and cleared more than 400 feet of trail. A big thank you to the Washington Trails Association for their support on the 20th. We also had help from several local Boys and Girls Clubs, high school students, several on-going parks volunteers, and many other community members. Great job everyone! 

 

 
 
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