Volunteers needed for McKinley Avenue ‘de-paving’ project

The Pierce Conservation District is seeking volunteers to participate in an eco-friendly project that aims to reduce the amount of polluted rainwater runoff in the McKinley Avenue Business District.

The so-called ‘de-paving’ project will replace approximately 8,000 square feet of unused pavement with street trees and landscape planting. In the end, organizers expect the improvements will keep almost 200,000 gallons of polluted water out of Puget Sound annually.

A similar project was completed in March along South Tacoma Way (see “Volunteers needed for South Tacoma Way ‘de-paving’ project,” Tacoma Daily Index, Feb. 27, 2015), as well as last year near the intersection of Division Avenue and Sprague Avenue (see “Tacoma volunteers to transform parking lot into plant paradise,” Tacoma Daily Index, March 12, 2014).

The de-paving project will be held on Sat., June 13, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., near Top of Tacoma, located at 3529 McKinley Ave. E., in Tacoma. Volunteers will meet again on Sat., Oct. 3, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., to plant 11 trees and more than 600 shrubs in place of the pavement that was removed. The event is a collaboration between the City of Tacoma, Pierce Conservation District, Dometop Neighborhood Alliance, and BNBuilders.

More information is available online here and at piercecountycd.org.

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