Nestled in the northeast corner of Ronald Bog Park on North 175th Street in Shoreline is an arboretum boasting 27 species of native conifers. Since 1992, Rotarians from Shoreline have been planting and nurturing these trees not only to provide a special place for the community to enjoy, but to add a valuable environmental resource for local educators to share with their students.
The Shoreline Rotary didn’t just stop with trees. Since the club has adopted Ronald Bog Park, it also enhanced the park with plantings and, most recently, a new kiosk.
On Monday, Oct. 13, the City of Shoreline hosted a dedication to recognize the hard work Shoreline Breakfast Rotary has invested in Ronald Bog Park.
“Organizations such as Rotary whose members are dedicated to sharing their talents, time and resources with the community are a major reason Shoreline is a great place to live,” Shoreline Mayor Cindy Ryu said. “We are grateful they have adopted Ronald Bog Park as an ongoing project and are fortunate to have them in the Shoreline community.”
The arboretum project began in 1992 to celebrate International Rotary’s theme of environmental projects. Shoreline Rotary originally planted 10 each of 16 species of conifers with the help of Shorewood High School students.
The project followed Shoreline Rotary President Mike Rancich when he helped form the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary in 1994. The Club maintained the Arboretum, adding trees to cover attrition and enhancing the park with other plantings including adding 2,500 bulbs around the picnic shelter and other areas.
Rancich and Dick Nicholson led the most recently completed project that added 11 more species of Pacific Northwest conifers, an interpretative kiosk and a permanent trail with financing from Shoreline Breakfast Rotary, Rotary District 5030 and the city of Shoreline.
“Providing the community a place of natural beauty and education created by the hands-on work of our Rotary club members, backed by the generous contributions of Shoreline residents and businesses, Rotary District 5030 and the City of Shoreline, is a perfect example of the impact we all can have through a continuing commitment to service above self,” Ted Therriault, President of Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club said.
For more information about Shoreline’s Ronald Bog Park, visit www.cityofshoreline.com. For more information about Shoreline Breakfast Rotary, visit www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/Home/homeA.asp?cid=2556 or call John Kim at 206-368-1854.