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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Media Advisory: Goats To Munch On Invasive Plants At York Park!

4/22/2005  10:56:00 AM

Media Advisory: Goats To Munch On Invasive Plants At York Park!

WHAT: Three rescued goats from Goat Busters will munch and lunch on invasive plants!

WHERE: York Park, 3650 Renton Avenue South

WHEN: Sunday, April 24, 2005, from 9 a.m. through the day.

WHY: To help prepare the site for construction later this spring. Parks acquired this former City Light substation with Pro Parks Levy funds.

BACKGROUND: Goat Busters ( will bring the goats to the park at the request of the York Park Task Force, an eclectic community support group comprising an architect, a bus driver, a nurse, a librarian, a craftsperson, a Snoqualmie elder, and a senior marketing consultant-dilettante-artist-activist of immense dedication but uncertain temper.

The Task Force is a subset of Friends of Goat Hill, a neighborhood group formed to help create two new parks in what they like to call "Chubby and Tubby Heights," a narrow strip of land between Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S and Rainier Avenue S. The group has worked to post signs in seven languages to convey that the park will be for everyone.

The goats will eat their fill of the Himalayan blackberries and black locust that have overtaken the site. Mark Mead, Parks Senior Urban Forester, says of the goats, "They reduce the total amount of vegetation that needs to be removed by hand, and they engage the community in a very positive way in the restoration of a park."

The new park will be a place of respite and rest from the hectic pace of life in the city; it will feature lawn areas, an informal play area, wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and paths, and new landscaping with native and drought-tolerant plants.

Funding for the park construction comes from the Pro Parks Levy, the Safeco Foundation, the Miller Foundation, the Neighborhood Matching Fund, and King County.

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