Magnuson Park (Kite Hill): North SeattleJoin EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership as we continue to work in one of Seattle's greatest parks. Warren G. Magnuson Park is located near a mile-long stretch of Lake Washington’s shoreline in northeastern Seattle. This former Navy facility is rapidly becoming home to a unique combination of features and activities for all to enjoy: boating, swimming, walking paths, kite flying, sports fields, and a community campus. The Park also offers ample opportunity to explore a range of natural areas: grasslands, wooded hillsides, wetlands, and lakeside beaches.
The BasicsEarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water and snack bars. We will teach you everything you need to know about tool use, safety, forest health, and the importance of the work you will be doing. No experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new! Be sure to sign in at registration when you arrive.
This video may give you a better idea of what to expect.
For your safety and comfort please bring:
- Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
- Long pants and long sleeves (helps protect against prickly plants)
- Sturdy shoes that can handle some mud (closed toed shoes are required such as work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, etc.NO sandals, flats or heels)
- Rain gear and warm layers -OR- sun protection (check the weather!)
- Sack lunch and snacks (to refuel)
- Full water bottle (we will have a jug on-site for re-fills)
- Travel mug for tea/coffee
- If you have a favorite pair of gloves, feel free to bring them (otherwise we're happy to provide a pair)
What will volunteers be doing at the event?While the exact tasks can vary, our projects focus on improving the forests and parks of Seattle. This project is supported by Seattle Parks and Recreation as a part of the Green Seattle Partnership. The Green Seattle Partnership's goal is to restore the 2500 acres of forested park land by 2025. Healthy and thriving forests are vital to our community because they absorb and filter rain water, produce clean oxygen, provide living spaces for wildlife, and create a place for people to connect with the outdoors.
In order to help create healthy forests, the work can include:
- Removing aggressive weeds (like English Ivy or Himalayan Blackberry)
- Maintaining areas where these weeds have been removed (weeding or spreading mulch)
- Planting trees and shrubs during the rainy season (often ~Oct.-Feb.)
GroupsIf you are coming as a group, the group leaders are expected to have an active role in our events. After registering your group, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure everything is in order. On the day of the event, make yourself known to the staff (in bright yellow vests) and arrive early in order to help guide your group members.
Youth PolicyYouth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 that are not with a parent or guardian must bring a filled out Youth Waiver the day of the event.
Youth and school groups are welcome to attend; leaders should contact the Volunteer Team to take care of all necessary preparations.
Warren G. Magnuson Park
NE 65th Street Entrance
Sand Point Way NE & NE 65th Street
Seattle, WA, 98115
Meeting Location: Kite Hill
This project takes place at the Kite Hill area of Magnuson Park which is located just west of the main swimming beach.
From I-5 (going north): Take the 65th street/Ravenna Exit. After the stop sign, go straight until you reach a stoplight. Take a right onto NE 65th Street. Follow NE 65th Street for several miles until Sand Point Way NE. Continue past Sand Point Way NE through the NE 65th Street entrance of Magnuson Park. Follow the EarthCorps event signs to the parking/registration area.
From I-5 (going south): Take the 45th Street Exit. Turn left. Follow this road east until it turns into Sand Point Way NE (approx 1.6mi). Stay on Sand Point Way NE another 2.1 miles until you reach the NE 65 Street entrance for Magnuson Park on your right. Turn right and follow the EarthCorps event signs to the parking/registration area.
Use the NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE stop. Use the metro trip planner to find your exact route: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/. You will have to walk 1 mile following our orange A-frame signs.