MLK Day of Service at Eastgate Park: Bellevue

Join the City of Bellevue and EarthCorps as we make this a DAY ON (not a day off) while helping the forest of Eastgate Park! 

The Basics

EarthCorps and City of Bellevue Natural Resources Division will supply 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)
The event will happen rain or shine!

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

If 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 volunteer@earthcorps.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 Policy

Youth 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 City of Bellevue's Liability 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. 

Directions

VIADUCT CLOSURE NOTE: Please keep in mind that there will likely be increased traffic due to the Highway 99 viaduct closure. Leave extra time for travel and keep an eye on traffic alerts. 

Approximate Address: 4401 146th Ave SE, Bellevue,  WA 98006

Meeting Location: Meet at the dead-end just past the intersection of 146th Ave SE and 145th Ave SE

Directions from I-90 East:
  • Take exit 11A for 150th Ave SE toward Eastgate Way
  • Keep right, follow signs for 150 Ave SE/SE 37th St
  • Continue on 150th Ave SE. Drive to 146th Ave SE
  • Turn right onto 150th Ave SE (signs for 150th Avenue Southeast)
  • Continue onto 148th Pl SE
  • Turn right onto SE 46th St
  • Turn right onto 146th Ave SE -- street parking available along 146th Ave. We are meeting at the dead end. 

Bus: Check current routes on King County Metro’s Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/

Parking: Find (legal) street parking along 146th Ave SE

Additional Parking: If needed, there is also parking available at the South Bellevue Community Center at 
14509 SE Newport Way 
 
Full
Monday, January 21st: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
This volunteer event is currently full! Please contact The Volunteer Team if you are still interested in joining.