Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Survey Extended and MOU Signed

City Council unanimously agreed to have the Mayor of Everett sign our Memo of Understanding (MOU) for the Pesticide Free Park! This is an understanding for a one year term between Everett and Lowell Civic Association. Although the city did not spray any pesticides this past year, we are now officially an official pesticide free park! Click here for council agenda and a link to a copy of the MOU. The council meeting was November 25th, they haven't posted the minutes yet but should soon.

Also, I've expended the survey deadline to December 30th. You will not be eligible for the awesome incentive prizes, but we value your input, so if you haven't filled out the quick 10 question survey, click on the right side bar and fill it out!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fall Colors at the Park

Lowell park has been amazing this fall, completely ablaze with color! They are falling fast so enjoy them while you can!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Take Our Survey You Could Win!

This year, we have maintained Lowell park without the use of pesticides! The increased manual labor was offset by hardworking volunteers. The City has asked that we survey the neighborhood and find out what you think about the appearance and usability of Lowell Neighborhood Park!

Click here to access an online survey via the site survey monkey. Lowell neighbors were mailed a paper survey and can complete and turn in those OR complete this online survey. This is quick, only 10 questions to answer and you are eligible to win prizes!

Three completed surveys will be picked at random to win one of the following prizes. Please include your phone number (on the survey) if you would like to be entered into this drawing!

½ hour massage certificate (worth $35)
2 Silvertips tickets (game of choice-about $30 value)
2 Tickets for one performance of Everett Symphony Family Series ($24 value)

Deadline to drop off surveys or to complete online is November 20th, 2009.

Thank you for being involved in your neighborhood!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Lowell's Community Garden Grew

In addition to our pesticide free park, Lowell neighborhood also has a pesticide free community garden!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sept. 11th Clean Up and Weeding

Remember Sept. 11th by giving back to your community. Volunteer at Lowell Park in Everett, WA for litter clean up and light weeding.

Lowell Park from 11-12 weeding and clean up. Stay and play, bring a picnic for after. Very family friendly!

Registered with Serve.gov as part of National Day of Service and Remembrance:

Hope you can make it!

Monday, August 31, 2009

New Billboard

I added informational sign's to the billboard along the bathroom building at Lowell Neighborhood Park. One sign is specific to Lowell and explains our program, the others include reasons why a park should be pesticide free. These are from a handout found on the Northwest Coalition on Alternatives for Pesticide (NCAP) website: http://www.pesticide.org/.

The billboard explains why the chemicals in pesticides used to kill weeds are dangerous to growing children, pets, the pesticide appliers, and our environment, especially rivers and streams.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Everett Gospel Mission Work Party

Each month, a different 'steward' is responsible for park maintenance. The Everett Gospel Mission volunteered to take care of August and they did it in style. They had a group grill out, but you had to pull some weeds and lend a hand first!

We had over 20 volunteers and we put a small dent in the 10 acres of dandelions that seem to prefer our grassy area to anywhere else!

Thanks to all these amazing women for helping maintain Lowell Park pesticide free! Also, thanks to Jackie Minchew, Lowell Civic Association President, for coming out to help and for representing the men!

Monday, August 17, 2009

We Are Registered with Serve!

I registered the project today with serve.gov, President Obama's effort to promote community service.

You can click here to sign up to volunteer with the Pesticide Free Park.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pesticide Free Everett

We are a committee of the Lowell Civic Association in Everett, WA. This is the story of our local park, Lowell Neighborhood park. The first and, for now, only pesticide free park in Everett.

Above photos are from our first clean up day in June of 2009. We had close to 20 volunteers from all parts of the neighborhood.

Special thanks to Everett Gospel Mission for their hard work and amazing members!