As you may recall, a large portion of the money from the Martin & Mimi Kraus Gift ($17,500) was awarded to a proposal to restore the original community recreation area at Madrona Beach. With a busy summer at the beach in full swing, the restoration team is moving forward.
According to Paige Smith, one of the project coordinators, new sand was delivered and spread at the beach earlier this week. An upcoming work party, tentatively scheduled for this Saturday, July 17 from 9-12, will be focused on cleaning out the stream bed and weeding as well as general clean up. UPDATE 2: The work party will be August 14, 9am-noon.
There is a possibility the work party would get pushed back a week, so we’ll try to update this if that’s the case. Regardless of the date, volunteers will need to bring their own gloves and any brooms, shovels and dust pans they can.
The remainder of the work – putting in new plants, adding the bouncy log, concrete log and boulders – will all be coordinated to happen at the same time to minimize the impact of closing down an area of the beach, and is set for early fall.
If you would like to volunteer, you can contact Paige at [email protected] We’re looking forward to following the beach makeover.
I love taking the kids to Madrona Beach on these hot summer days, because I can sit on the grass and read a book under the big shady tree (getting up for the occassional dip in the lake of course) while the kids frolic in the lake and/or construct massive civil works to alternately dam and then release the water in the stream.
The only problem with the setup, and I’ve heard this complaint from multiple people in addition to myself, is that there’s a big useless bush/blackberry patch sitting smack dab in the middle of all of this action, blocking the view for the parents on the shady grass of a large portion of the beach.
Any chance the improvement project includes removing that big ol’ bush? If not, does anybody know if we can request the parks department to remove it, or is it sacred?