Working Together to Restore Native Plants to Roxhill Park
Saturday’s mild morning made for a successful day of planting around 300 native sedges and other peat-loving plants in Peat Cell 3 of Roxhill Park’s bog, which burned in October 2017. In only two hours, 26 volunteers learned about the unique diversity of the bog and got the plants firmly in the ground.
Volunteers were trained and supervised by Roxhill Park’s native plant steward, Scott Blackstock, who has led plant restoration efforts like this for more than 20 years.
He explains more about the unique soil of the bog and why peat fires can be so challenging:
“Here, the peat is six to eight feet deep, so firefighters had to bring in a backhoe to turn things over,” he explains. “Dumping water on the surface can’t penetrate deep enough to put out the embers, so if the fire hadn’t been stopped, it could have traveled underground to the other peat cells in the park.”
This could be devastating to the bog.
The Roxhill Park bog is one of the most biodiverse and unique ecologies in the city, with its unique habitat serving as a pit stop and refuge for animals and birds. It is also filters and feeds stormwater run-off into Longfellow Creek, one of Seattle’s few salmon spawning creeks.
Native plants were provided by Green Seattle Partnership, (GSP) a collaborative effort between the City of Seattle, Forterra, community partners and volunteers. GSP also thinned out invasive plants and overgrown trees throughout the park to help native species thrive.The event was coordinated by Roxhill Park Champions, which also leads a one-hour work party the second Saturday of every month. Join our mailing list to stay informed, find out events and learn about our next meeting in the new year. Everyone is welcome to join us and help lead efforts to engage our community with the park and its important role in our shared ecosystem.
Replanting Fire Damaged Peat Cell 3
Saturday, November 16th @ 10am, rain or shine
Two years after the underground peat fire in Roxhill Park, the community has successfully organized with the Green Seattle Partnership, the delivery of 300 native grasses, ferns and perennial plants to restore the damaged area.
RoxhillPark.org is seeking at least 20 volunteers to assist with planting on Saturday, November 16th. Bring gardening gloves and wear warm outdoor clothing. Shovels, warm drinks and snacks will be provided.
We’ll meet near the restroom and parking lot along 29th Ave SW, across the street from 9227 29th Ave SW. If you arrive a little later, the planting site can easily be found looking directly east from the playground and parking lot.
Register here for a head count and more details about the location.
Roxhill Park playground- 29th Ave SW at SW Barton St
Join friend and neighbors to enjoy the dynamic sounds of Kouyate Arts and Global Heat along with Joyas Mestizas dance group, community performances and kids activities (drum tent and hula hooping). Tony B of Rainier Avenue Radio to EmCee.
Thanks to the Seattle Parks Commons Program, in ten short months the Roxhill Park Champions accomplished the following in 2018:
Less than one year ago, a handful of neighbors got together with Seattle Parks to focus on three Goals: To Build Community, Increase Safety and Support Stewardship of our beloved Roxhill Park. We started small, and scrappy, and at a loss where to begin! Check out what we’ve accomplished in 2018 and where we’re going in 2019:
Established goal oriented partner and stakeholder relationships with both new and existing partners and stakeholders for stewardship and safety:
Looking ahead to 2019, we’re working on the following:
Working with the Green Seattle Partnership on our monthly work party stewardship and new planting parties in the year ahead!
Working with the Seattle Neighborhood Group on a community outreach, development and implementation of safety improvement program for the community and park on the corner of 27th SW/Cambridge
Working with the Seattle Parks Foundation to apply for a larger, complimentary grant to the Rose Foundation, to educate the public about the wetland and complete engineering corrections to the wetland (bog) based on the hydrology study findings.
Work with Parks and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to source funding for a community based, updated vegetation management implementation plan in order to protect the native and rare species in the park wetland environment.
Continue to develop and apply for community-based grants to produce recreation and arts programs in the park Spring-Fall 2019.
Continue to develop with our partners and stakeholders our multi-pronged, long term strategy to improve the social environment and trail safety of Roxhill Park overall.
Continue our outreach, to the community, stakeholders and new partners to keep up the amazing momentum we’ve established!