Crestwoods Park: Kirkland

Join EarthCorps and the Green Kirkland Partnership as we continue to work in Crestwoods Park. Originally homesteaded by Andrew Nelson in 1877, the site was acquired in 1968 to be developed as a community park. Recent work in Crestwoods was initiated in 2012 as part of a partnership with the rock band, Pearl Jam. To mitigate for carbon emissions generated during their 2009 World Tour, the band funded restoration of 33 acres of urban forests in Kirkland, Redmond, Kent, and Seattle, including 9 acres in Crestwoods Park. 

The Basics

We know you are excited to get back to restoring our public green spaces so we implemented some new procedures and protocols to help you safely do so! You can read them here and watch this video to do your part to volunteer responsibly.

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!

For your safety and comfort please bring:

  • Personal face mask and gloves if you have them
  • 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)


What will volunteers be doing at the event?

While the exact tasks can vary, our projects focus on improving the forests and parks in our local cities. 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.)

 

Groups

We are not coordinating group registration at this time. Feel free to have all interested parties sign up individually as available spots permit! If you have any questions please reach out to us at volunteer@earthcorps.org

Youth Policy

Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 that are not with a parent or guardian must submit a digital Youth Waiver before the day of the event.

The digital waiver process is first initiated when the youth participant registers online. After the youth participant enters parent/guardien details, the digital waiver will be sent to the parent/guardian for two part authentication. 

Directions

Approximate Address: 1818 6th St, Kirkland, WA 98033

Meeting Location: From the parking area along 6th St walk north (left if you're facing the park). We meet at the wooden kiosk that marks the northern entrance to the natural areas.

By Bus: Be sure to check current routes on Metro Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
 
By Car from I-405:
- Take the NE 85th Street/WA-908 exit (exit 18) and go west towards downtown Kirkland
- NE 85th Street / WA-908 becomes Central Way near the downtown area
- At the end of Central Way turn right/north onto Market Street
- Turn right onto 18th Ave
- Turn left onto 6th Street and park at the ball fields in the lot between 18th and 19th Ave.
 
Google Maps link: Crestwoods Park
 
Parking: Parking is available along the ball fields

No upcoming volunteer events for this location