Green Seattle Partnership
Restoring Seattle's Urban Forests
Get to Know Maple School Ravine
If you live, work, or go to school on Beacon Hill, did you know that there is a 13-acre forest right in your neighborhood? Maple School Ravine runs between 18th and 20th Ave S, from S Bennett Street at the north end, all the way to S Graham Street at the south. There are no formal trails but a steep pedestrian stairway at S Lucile Street will get your heart pumping.
Seattle Parks, some neighbors, Forterra, Student Conservation Association, Environmental Outreach and Stewardship Alliance, King Conservation District, and Goodwill have all helped in the restoration of the forest. What was once covered in blackberry, ivy, trash, and encampments was transformed into a beautiful forest. But there is a lot of work left, and this park does not have an active community group to keep up the momentum. The Green Seattle Partnership hopes that restoration efforts will spark enthusiasm for creating a safe, welcoming passageway between nearby neighborhoods, businesses, and schools. Just walking through this tucked-away gem today, you can imagine what an incredible place it could be with a little more love. The students from Mercer Middle School in the photo above came to a work party in the park in December. The YMCA Earth Service Corps will be working in Maple School Ravine this year with students from Cleveland High School. And it can use your help, too!
Stop by and check out this great park soon, or get a personal tour at the work party on Saturday, March 22. Spend your morning outside digging up blackberry roots and planting new native shrubs while you meet your neighbors and get a little exercise. Afterwards you can treat yourself to a well-deserved lunch at one of the many tasty restaurants just down the hill in Georgetown, or up on Beacon Ave.
What to expect when volunteering with GSP
Watch this quick video about volunteering with the Green Seattle Partnership, what to expect, and what to bring. Now that you know how to get prepared for an event, find an event near you.
Support Green Seattle Partnership:
• Join a work party: Events Portal.
• Volunteer again!: Become a “regular” at monthly work parties and be part of an elite team of experience volunteers.
• Donate some treats: Support hungry hard working volunteers at an upcoming work party in your neighborhood by baking or donating snacks.
(photo credit Friends of Burke Gilman Trail @Sand Point)