Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Green Tacoma Day needs you

Ron Swarner

Green Tacoma Day 2015 includes an opportunity to volunteer at Oak Tree Park. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

National Public Lands Day, which calls for volunteers to spend a day working to improve and restore trails, campgrounds and natural habitats, officially fell on Sept. 26 this year. But related events across the South Sound and the nation take place over a two-week period, during which time the call will be answered by helping hands. If you’d like to be among them, Oct. 10 is the day when the eighth annual Green Tacoma Day consumes area parks.

Volunteers organized locally by Green Tacoma Partnership will converge on 10 Tacoma restoration projects, including First Creek, Franklin Park, Garfield Natural Area, Julia’s Gulch, Oak Tree Park and Pacific Lutheran University. If you love to remove scotch broom, Green Tacoma Day needs you. If you can lay down a mean chip spread, please get involved. If blackberry bush thorns give you an incredible rush, you’re needed. Volunteers can, er, volunteer at

Green Tacoma Day is organized by The Green Tacoma Partnership, which combines the efforts of the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, Port of Tacoma, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Puget Sound Starts Here, Forterra NW, citizens, educational organizations, neighborhood groups, small wood nymphs, non-profits, faith-based organizations, gnomes and businesses to create and support natural spaces in Tacoma.

For more information on Green Tacoma Day, visit