A crew of hardy volunteers from GeoEngineers’ Tacoma office, Teri Taylor; Eric Heller, PE, LG; Tricia DeOme, LG; Garrett Leque, LG and Dave Phelps, PE, participated in the fifth annual Green Tacoma Day on October 20th. The event was sponsored by the Green Tacoma Partnership, a public-private partnership between the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks, Forterra, and a number of non-profit and community groups.
The five Geo volunteers took on an overgrown section of Franklin Park, one of five Tacoma locations where volunteers gathered for Green Tacoma Day restoration projects, family activities and celebrations. They were joined by volunteers from Target, University of Puget Sound and the neighborhoods near the park.
Describing the challenge the volunteers tackled, Tricia related, “The area was heavily overgrown and had numerous homeless encampments. Our goal was to open it up to make it more visible and less inviting for sleeping, dumping and hanging out.”
By day’s end, the volunteers had cleared away a large pile of brush and had planted 90 fir trees and native ground covers, including 75 ferns and salal plants.