Green Tacoma Day set for Oct. 11

Green Tacoma Day, set for Saturday, is a celebration of Arbor Day and a chance for volunteers to help protect and restore a favorite park, gulch or shoreline.

The day is the seventh annual celebration of the Green Tacoma Partnership’s work to restore 1,881 acres of urban green space, according to organizers.

Activities for the day include educational and family-friendly activities at Wright Park and restoration projects across the city. Work projects will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Work will be done at the following areas: First Creek, Franklin Park, Garfield Gulch, Gog le hi te Wetlands, Julia’s Gulch, McKinley Park, Oak Tree Park, Pacific Lutheran University, Puget Creek, Swan Creek, Tacoma Nature Center, Tacoma Community College and Wapato Hills Urban Wildlife Habitat.

The projects include litter pick up, pulling invasive weeds and habitat restoration. Bring tools if you would like, but some projects will have tools to borrow. At some locations, a light lunch will be provided.

The community work day is the result of Green Tacoma’s partnership with the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, Forterra, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, TAGRO, Port of Tacoma and Pierce Conservation District.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants should dress for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes, and bring a water bottle and snacks.