Caring, connecting and community – it starts in parks! Battle Ground Parks and Recreation is celebrating National Volunteer Month by hosting a Park Appreciation Day work party at two local parks on Saturday, April 20.
Park Appreciation Day began in Battle Ground in 2013 and each year up to sixty people have pitched in to keep the parks looking beautiful.
“When we come together and give our parks a little extra care, it makes our community a better place,” says Mattie Buckmiller, Battle Ground Recreation & Facilities Supervisor, “It’s about showing that, as a community, we care and are building connections.”
Volunteers - individuals, families and groups - are invited to participate at Kiwanis Park (422 SW 2nd Avenue) or at the Battle Ground Community Center at Fairgrounds Park (912 Main Street). The work party starts at 9 a.m. and will continue through noon.
Tasks may include picking up litter, raking and weeding flower beds, cleaning playground equipment or spreading bark or playground chips. City staff maintain the parks throughout the year but Park Appreciation Day is a way for the community to gather to help keep Battle Ground beautiful.
Participants should dress for the weather, rain or shine and are asked to bring work gloves and, if available, hand tools such as shovels, rakes and hoes. A limited supply of tools will be provided for use at the sites.
Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register online, by visiting the Community Center or by calling 360-342-5380. Registration is also available on the day of the event.