Courtesy of Metro Parks Tacoma

Help keep Tacoma green by joining in on a number of plantings and habitat restoration events citywide in honor of Green Tacoma Day this Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Along with the scheduled events, Alling Park — one of Tacoma’s oldest neighborhood parks — will have a tree planting and tree giveaway.

Volunteers additionally will have a chance to see two special gardens at the park. One is Metro Parks Tacoma’s (MPT) first pollinator garden; the other is a rain garden.

Inspired by the continuing efforts of MPT volunteer Celeste Ets-Hokin and her dedication to planting a series of pollinator-friendly flowering plants in the park, a grant was recently attained from the City of Tacoma Environmental Services.

The launch of the first official pollinator garden was underway with the help of Ets-Hokin, volunteers, and MPT staff through the spring and summer of 2020.

Alling Park was chosen again in October of 2020, this time by Pierce Conservation District for a rain garden project. It was made possible through additional grant money. 

Both are helpful to the environment: pollinator gardens help support native bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators critical to our ecosystems. Rain gardens slow erosion and keep pollutants from running into Puget Sound, and other bodies of water. 

Apply for grants up to $4,000 through the Pierce Conservation District by Oct. 29 to create one of these gardens in your community. And check here for a list of events to volunteer and connect through nature this Saturday, Oct. 9.

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