Home Depot to Help Kent Parks Celebrate
National Trails Day:
$1,000 Grant for June 6th Event
KENT, WA – May 21, 2009 – The Home Depot has once again demonstrated its support of volunteer-based community projects by awarding a $1,000 grant to Kent Parks for its annual National Trails Day event. Local Team Depot employees will also volunteer their time at the event.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to join Team Depot to help create a new accessible trail at Glenn Nelson Park on Military Road and South 268th Street on Kent’s west hill. Other improvement projects are also planned. Orientation is at 9:00 AM and the event concludes at noon.
Now in its 17th year, American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in June. Kent has participated in the event since 2000 and is among 24 cities, agencies and organizations in Washington planning trail improvement projects this year. In 2008, volunteers refurbished a trail at Lake Fenwick Park and planted 40 native trees and shrubs near the north trail, contributing over 105 hours to the City and its Parks Department.
The Kent store and its management team, headed by Chuck Carolus and Jeremy Higgins, began partnering with Kent Parks in 2007 for National Public Lands Days. Their corporate headquarters and the store donated a volunteer trailer, supplies and volunteer labor to construct modular retaining walls at Lake Fenwick Park. They have been participating in community events in our parks ever since.
Glenn Nelson Park was the site of National Trails Day in 2005. The park was originally used as a pasture for the Seattle Fire Department horses. King County deeded the property to Kent in 1964. Between 1966 and 1968, the City worked to clear the area and haul in 2,200 yards of top soil, install fencing, waterlines and gates. Play equipment, donated by the Kent Lions Club and the Cambridge Club, was installed by Boy Scouts as part of their Eagle Scout advancement projects. Grants helped complete the park’s amenities, which include tennis courts, a soccer field, picnic shelter, restrooms and parking.
Volunteers are advised to bring work gloves and a shovel, wear sturdy shoes or boots (no sandals allowed) and dress for the weather, as the event is held rain or shine. To register for National Trails Day and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities at Kent Parks, please call 253-856-5111, email email@example.com or visit www.KentWAParks.com.