Beautify Bonney Lake tackles east entrance art installation

Last year

Beautify Bonney Lake is always growing, bringing in more volunteers and performing more services with each passing year.

Last year, Beautify Bonney Lake’s Director Lillian McGinnis estimated between 500 and 600 residents came out to work on more than 25 different project sites, which resulted in more than 1,800 work hours, all neatly packed into one sunny Saturday morning.

Some volunteers who show up on Sept. 19 may have a chance to work on a mosaic art project that will greet people as they enter Bonney Lake from the east.

“The mosaic project is our premier project this year,” said McGinnis. “We were talking about doing an East Town entrance for several years, because it’s kind of on the left side, where people don’t really look. We thought, well, let’s put something bright out there to show off that sign.”

Beautify Bonney Lake partnered with the city’s Art Commission for this project.

McGinnis said the plan is to get the mosaic up during the event, but it’s possible the project may be delayed.

Other projects this year include clearing out debris and nettles on the Sky Island Service Road and working at Victor Falls.

All volunteers will corral together at the Pierce Transit parking lot off state Route 410 at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 and work until noon, after which they can enjoy a free lunch to celebrate their hard work.

McGinnis said this year Taco Time will be providing food to volunteers, as well as continuing the traditional pizza options.

Free fluorescent light recycling

Beautify Bonney lake is also partnering with LightRecycle and DM Disposal so residents can safely dispose of their fluorescent lights.

Acceptable fluorescent lights include the iconic fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent and high intensity discharge bulbs.

Fluorescent lights can contain between 3.5 to 15 milligrams of mercury, depending on the type of light. Recycling these lights means mercury is safely collected and re-used.

The drop off for fluorescent lights will be at the Bonney Lake Park & Ride, where volunteers first meet to start the day.

Volunteers and other residents can only recycle ten bulbs per person.