Public-private, adopt-a-park stewardship could prove to be a model for other City parks
As cities across America are tasked with maintaining their parks with ever-strapped budgets, volunteers and community stewards have come to their aid. To that end, The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland and The City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services have initiated a program in which the hotel will donate approximately 1,000 man hours in 2010 to Heritage Park, located at 111 Waverly Way.
“We are honored and committed to providing this community service to Kirkland and helping to care for this incredible resource we know as Heritage Park. We hope that other local companies and community groups will follow suit and join us in such endeavors in support of our city in these most challenging times,” said Les Utley, general manager of The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland. “Our Portland, Ore. sister property has embarked on similar initiatives to great success; as a company Heathman Hotels take great pride in being active stewards to our communities.”
Utley noted the Market Neighborhood Association will share park work days with The Heathman Hotel team. He said this represents an important and meaningful way to build stronger collaborative relationships within the community.
As part of The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland’s adoption of Heritage Park, 10 to 12 staff members will dedicate one day per month to work under direction of the City’s park manager for eight hours. Work includes pruning, weeding, trash pick-up, trail-clearing and other cleaning and grooming of park grounds. All training and tools are provided by the City.
The 10.12-acre Heritage Park is filled with trails, displays and an historic meeting hall, all set against the scenic backdrop of Lake Washington. It is also currently home to two nesting bald eagles. More can be found by clicking here.