MLT encourages volunteerism for parks and more

  • By Mina Williams Enterprise editor
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2010 8:02pm

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — A plethora of community service projects are available to individuals, families and groups this fall in Mountlake Terrace. These projects are being mounted in conjunction with nationally recognized efforts.

Most of the opportunities surround facilities and spaces within the city’s Recreation and Parks Department, which is always in need of basic brush removal and trail work.

“The City Council has emphasized the importance of volunteerism and community outreach and it is a pleasure to work with a community that puts this much effort into the neighborhoods where they live,” said Ken Cortmanch, parks services superintendent.

Park Services has identified a volunteer project during The United Way Days of Caring on Sept. 24 and 25. The planned project includes work on wetlands and trails around Halls Creek and at the Ballinger Playfield Complex.

To register to help, or for additional information, visit the United Way of Snohomish County’s website or call 425-374-5534. Other volunteer opportunities in South County include a clean up at the YWCA in Lynnwood, painting at Little Red School House in Lynnwood, helping Clothes for Kids in Lynnwood and, in Mountlake Terrace through Catholic Community Services, mowing a 70-year-old man’s lawn.

Volunteer registration for the United Way Days of Caring closes Sept. 14.

Following the successful “Spring Clean Up” earlier this year, Mountlake Terrace’s Recreation Park Advisory Commission and the Neighborhood Park Improvement Subcommittee is sponsoring a “Fall Clean Up” Sept. 25. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. for their assignments in Matthirvela/Bicentennial Park.

The areas cleaned out by the volunteers last spring has been roto-tilled and leveled off and now need to have grass seed added. This will allow the city to mow the area on a regular basis to help keep the park open and the overgrowth from returning.

This opportunity is family friendly, according to Cortmanch.

While the activity is structured to be a casual drop-in event for individuals and families, Cortmanch requests groups call 425-776-1811 so every effort can be made for those wanting to work together on a segment of the day’s projects.

On Oct. 10 Mountlake Terrace’s Sukyo Mahikari spiritual center is spearheading an effort with Global Work Party, a global attempt to impact climate change with more than 1,400 events in more than 130 countries. A work party for this effort will be dispatched to a city park.

For more information on that volunteer activity visit or contact Cortmanch.

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