Sophia and Natalie DeMarco worked at the Hope Lutheran Church’s Hope Garden during last year’s Beautify Enumclaw event. The garden provides fresh produce to the Plateau Outreach Ministries’ food bank. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Sophia and Natalie DeMarco worked at the Hope Lutheran Church’s Hope Garden during last year’s Beautify Enumclaw event. The garden provides fresh produce to the Plateau Outreach Ministries’ food bank. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Beautify Enumclaw, Buckley still a-go

Volunteers can head to the Buckley Youth Center or the Enumclaw Six-Plex at 9 a.m. Sept. 12.

Social distancing protocols may still be in effect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and make your town a more beautiful place to live.

For the third year running, Beautify Enumclaw and Beautify Buckley will be taking place, with volunteers arriving at either the Enumclaw Six-Plex Ballfields (24653 SE 469th St.) or the Buckley Youth Center (251 S River Rd.) on Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. Cleanup projects last until around noon.

No sign-up is necessary — you can just show up.

There are some large projects happening in Enumclaw this year, said organizer Jeri Gamblin, including painting the fence in front of the Expo Center and sprucing up the gazebo in Rotary Park downtown.

Enumclaw volunteers will also be doing some planting at the local pool, working at the Hope Lutheran Church Garden (all produce goes to Plateau Outreach Ministries), and some general cleanup around town.

Across the river in Buckley, volunteers will be planting around the local skate park, decorating street poles, replacing the wooden benches along the trail between the Youth Center and state Route 410, and some general cleanup around Mountain Meadow Elementary and the Wickersham campus.

Gablin urged everyone to wear a mask and social distance while participating, as well as to bring their own gloves, rakes, and paintbrushes.

Sponsors for this year’s Beautify events include Corliss Resources, the city of Enumclaw, Enumclaw Landscape, Gamblin Motors, the Enumclaw Rotary Club, Gateway TruValue, G E & B Nursery, Stafford Excavating, Vulken Academy, the city of Buckley, Molen Orthodontics, and the White River School District.

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