If youâ€™ve been to Jasperâ€™s Park in the past few days, you’ve noticed that our fall spruce up was done and thereâ€™s fresh ground cover to keep our park from becoming muddy as the rainy season starts. We owe huge thanks to over 100 amazing volunteers from Microsoft Online Services Division (#volunteerspecialforces) who rocked our park on Friday. They worked VERY HARD to dig out invasive plant growth in the off-leash areas and wetland buffer and spread 276 yards (!) of cedar ground cover (known as â€śhog fuelâ€ť) in the off-leash areas. They showed up earlier than their start time, went right to work and kept at it all day long â€“ seeing them transform our park so quickly was like witnessing a miracle, and we are so lucky for that miracle because it would take KDOG volunteers several Saturdays to complete that much work!
Speaking of rocking our park, special thanks also to KDOGâ€™s wonderful crew Jean Guth, Joy Aurand and Megen Opsahl, for helping with event organization and supervising work that was done in the off-leash areas, MK Gaebel and Nani Hixenbaugh for helping with donations and to Judy & Jim Trockel/Serve Our Dog Areas (SODA), stewardship organization for Marymoor Dog Park, for a loan of many tools and wheelbarrows to us. As always, we thank our friends from Kirkland Parks and Green Kirkland Partnership for using their heavy machinery to get the hog fuel into the park, hauling tools for us, supervising work in the wetland buffer, and installing a new bench (Casey’s Bench!) in the large dog area. It takes a huge collaborative effort to accomplish that much work in just one day!
Once again, we received very generous donations of food and beverages from Fred Meyer and Metropolitan Market to keep our hard-working volunteers fed and hydrated. We are so fortunate to have these two great businesses in Kirkland and their generous support of our community!
Our dog park and our community is made significantlyÂ better because of these individuals and businesses!