Volunteers help finish trail at Kaiser Permanente for Public Lands Day

By LUKE PUTVIN | Last Updated October 3, 2019

Volunteers help finish trail at Kaiser Permanente for Public Lands Day

Public Lands Day, established in 1994, is recognized on the fourth Saturday of every September. It is celebrated nationwide and is the largest single-day volunteer effort.

This year for Public Lands Day, volunteers from Kaiser Permanente, the City of Lynnwood staff and Lynnwood residents showed up to the second phase of the Kaiser Permanente Trail Creation.

“The first phase was done last year as a part of a larger neighborhood cleanup last year,” said Misty Burke, Events and Outreach Coordinator of Healthy Communities for the City of Lynnwood. “Kaiser has spent about $100,000 dollars clearing space out to allow us to create walking trails for the community.”

“Last year the city was looking for projects to enhance the community, and this came up in the conversation,” Burke continued. “The trail makes the area more usable for the neighborhood as well as Kaiser Permanente’s patients and staff members.”

Kaiser Permanente asked the city and volunteers to come back to complete the second phase of the project, and that is what they did on September 28.

Burke gave a special thanks to Eric Peterson and the Parks and Recreation Crew who had already done a work in the area to make the volunteers’ work easier.

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