Despite bad air quality last year, more than 60 volunteers donned their masks and got to work making Enumclaw a more beautiful place to live, including repainting the Rotary Park gazebo. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Despite bad air quality last year, more than 60 volunteers donned their masks and got to work making Enumclaw a more beautiful place to live, including repainting the Rotary Park gazebo. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Beautify Enumclaw, Buckley back for a day of sprucing-up

You can help make Enumclaw or Buckley a prettier place to live on Sept. 11.

Buckley and Enumclaw residents of all ages are invited to pitch in to make their communities a little prettier this Saturday, Sept. 11.

Both cities will host their annual “Beautify” events that day, aimed at cleaning up alleyways, pulling up weeds and retouching some of the most visible parts of the cities.

The twin events are organized by residents Amy Molem in Buckley and Jeri Gamblin in Enumclaw, operating with nonprofit organization justserve.org. The programs also collaborate with the city parks departments for project ideas and funding, as well as local churches, community food banks and other needs. This is the fifth anniversary of the events, Gamblin said.

The Enumclaw event begins 9 a.m. in the parking lot next to the Chamber of Commerce with a brief ceremony honoring the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. There will be a posting of the colors, flag salute, moment of silence, and remarks from Mayor Jan Molinaro.

Volunteers will then split up to tackle 10 projects across town, including cleaning alleyways behind Cole Street, harvesting and cleaning up at the Hope Community Garden, painting and weeding at four city parks and improving a local preschool.

Across the White River, Buckley volunteers will be able to beautify their community starting at the same time, beginning with a flag raising ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park at 9 a.m. in remembrance of 9/11.

Volunteers will then meet at the Buckley Skatepark to pick projects, including planting flowers, landscaping, painting tables at the skate park, picking up trash along the Foothills Trail and possibly painting the historical gazebo on Main Street. Volunteers will receive t-shirts and the Foothills Historical Museum will provide drinks and snacks.

Volunteers at both events are asked to to bring gloves, rakes and shovels. They will also need to sign waivers before beginning the beautification work.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Image courtesy Public Health Insider
New data dashboard tracks COVID risk for unvaccinated people | Public Health Insider

No vaccine is 100 percent protective, but unvaccinated people are 7 times more likely to catch COVID and 49 times more likely to be hospitalized.

Mount Rainier. Photo courtesy National Park Service
Rainclouds and cooler temperatures put an end to several local burn bans

Campfires are once again permitted at Mount Rainier park campgrounds.

file photo
Housing and finance insiders call for subsidized housing families can own, instead of rent

Advocates say increasing homeownership will strengthen the community, build intergenerational wealth

Becky Rush-Peet is embarking on a 500 mile journey through the Camino de Santiago this year. Photo by Alex Bruell.
Enumclaw woman starting second, longer pilgrimage after nearly dying in 2015 tree crash

Five years after being crushed by a tree, Becky Rush-Peet is going for a 500-mile walk.

The Sept. 13 Enumclaw City Council meeting was a full one, though no members of the city council, and few of the audience, actually wore masks. Screenshot
Enumclaw council returns to full force, but without masks as city breaks COVID records

Read why several council members choose not to wear a mask, even though the council is back to being fully in-person.

Local police officer Arthur Fetter competes with his father, Jeff, in the Double Bucking event. Photo by Ray Miller-Still.
Billy Clinkingbeard cinches All-Around Logger for seventh year in a row

Photos and scores from the 2021 Buckley Log Show.

Crossing the Carbon River requires a bit of balance.
Public comment sought for Carbon River Corridor plan

What should the future of the area look like?

Police lights
Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | Sept. 9 – 15 |

Stolen motorcycles recovered and hit-and-run collisions

Reagan Dunn will face Kim-Khanh Van in the race for Metropolitan King County Council District 9.
Courier-Herald will host candidate forum for King County Council District 9

Kim-Khanh Van, Reagan Dunn will pitch their cases and answer questions from the community.

Most Read