It’s almost time to glove up and grab your tools — Beautify Enumclaw and Beautify Buckley are right around the corner.
For those not in the know, these annual events are a grassroots effort to spruce up the two cities. The Enumclaw event, organized by Jeri Gamblin, is celebrating its fifth anniversary; the Buckley event, put together by Amy Molen, just reached its fourth (it was canceled last year due to heat and poor air conditions).
“This is a community event, trying to being neighbors and friends together for a common good,” Gamblin said.
The Enumclaw event will be starting off with a grab-and-go breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind Arts Alive! and the Chamber of Commerce buildings, followed by a flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m. with scout Troop 244, the national anthem with the Enumclaw High choir, and Mayor Jan Molinaro.
This year, the big projects include cleaning up and re-barking the flower beds at Veterans Memorial Park; painting the gazebo at Montgomery Park; cleaning up graffiti and sticker residue on street signs along Cole Street; harvesting produce at the St. Hope garden; Giving the Enumclaw pool spectator area a fresh coat of paint; and more. Work is expected to be finished by noon.
Participants are encouraged to simply show up to work — no signing up necessary. Tools are limited, so if you have a particular project in mind, bring your own.
Some projects lack a lead (someone who can give directions to volunteers) so contact Gamblin at 253-261-6955 to volunteer.
Across the river, Beautify Buckley will also start with a flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m. at City Hall.
Flagship projects for this year include painting a mural at the skate park; painting a ballet studio; planting blueberries at the community garden; and decorating Main Street with fall decor; and building community pantry boxes with Building Beyond The Walls, a local nonprofit.
Young children can also participate by building tool boxes and painting rocks at the Buckley Youth Center.
Again, tools are limited.