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 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.

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