Volunteers spread out across Seattle Parks on Saturday June 3 with a specific mission: fix the trails.
Seattle's reputation as a place that celebrates and looks after nature is driven in part by our relationship with it in our own parks. To honor National Trails Day and to get trails ready for the summer season the Seattle Parks Department sent teams out to restore trails and keep them walkable. Natural processes like erosion and decay can make trails in parks not only uncomfortable but dangerous so it's important work.
Schmitz Preserve Park in North Admiral/Alki is probably West Seattle's most naturalized park with 12 trails comprising around 4 miles of trail length. Jacobo Jimenez, Senior Forest Maintenance Lead for Seattle Parks said, "This is truly an old growth forest. People usually think of just 'big trees' but that only means that the forest has reached its maturity and it has everything from the oldest to the youngest in every stage."