Pack It Out
Parks Environmental Stewardship: (206) 684-7457 | ParksES@seattle.gov
Seattle Parks and Recreation this summer is encouraging park users
who generate trash to Pack it Out through a pilot project
at 18 parks.
To contain the increasing costs of trash collection and litter control,
which cost more than any other maintenance activity (over $1 million
per year), and to involve park users in the stewardship of city parks,
Parks and Recreation will post signs at the parks, ask for user comments,
and measure trash reduction by regular inspections.
Program designers chose parks based on their type, use and accessibility,
with a focus on natural areas and viewpoints.
Pack it Out signs will read: "Seattle Parks and Recreation is
trying out a Pack it In, Pack it Out program in this and 17 other City
parks." The Pack it In, Pack it Out program is a partnership between
Seattle Parks and Recreation and our park users to encourage environmental
stewardship and save money. Through this program, we hope to encourage
our park users to reduce the amount of garbage they generate and pack
out the items they bring into these parks.
Pack it In, Pack it Out encourages environmental stewardship by increasing
park users awareness of waste reduction and resource conservation,
and by providing another opportunity for citizens to be involved in
park stewardship. We believe taking pride in a park will go much farther
in maintaining the parks beauty and cleanliness than a garbage
Pack it In, Pack it Out increases the efficiency of our garbage collection
system. Seattle Parks and Recreation spends more on garbage collection
and litter control than on any other maintenance activity (over $1 million
per year). This program will reduce the amount of trash we have to collect
from our parks and will allow us to focus our resources on more heavily
used parks. Please help keep these Pack it In, Pack it Out parks litter
Parks included in the program are, north of the Lake Washington Ship
Canal: Belvoir Park, Froula Park, Matthews Beach Wetlands, the 14th
Avenue Boat Ramp, Golden Gardens Peninsula, and North Seattle Park.
Parks between the Lake Washington Ship Canal and I-90 are: Howell Park,
Lakeview Park, Bagley Viewpoint, Marshall Park, Kiwanis Ravine and the
Louisa Boren Greenbelt Trail.
Parks south of I-90 and in West Seattle are: Seola Park Viewpoint,
12th Avenue Viewpoint, Upper Colman Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park,
Cormorant Cove Park and Day Street Park.
For more information, please contact Phil Renfrow at Seattle Parks
and Recreation (206) 684-7457 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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June 25, 2008