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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tree plantings, little lake-to-lake walk to mark Earth Day

Volunteers planting a tree on Earth Day/Arbor DayFor Bellevue's annual Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration, residents can help plant trees and shrubs at parks and take nature walks with park rangers at Lewis Creek Park on Saturday, April 18. On Earth Day itself, April 22, they can participate in a "Little Lake to Lake Walk" between Larsen and Phantom lakes.

The Saturday event will feature a variety of family activities, tips from local organizations on how to be more "green," a tree-planting ceremony and volunteer park enhancement projects throughout the city.

  • Park Enhancement Projects: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., approximately 300 volunteers will participate in volunteer planting projects at several Bellevue park sites, including Lewis Creek Park. If you want to participate, call 425-452-4195.
  • Community Celebration at Lewis Creek Park: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring ranger nature walks, environmental displays and information and free, healthy refreshments.  
  • Ceremonial Tree Planting: 11:30 a.m. to noon, featuring Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2995, and Mayor Grant Degginger and City Councilman Conrad Lee recognizing volunteers and community groups.
  • Bellevue Youth Theatre performance and prize drawing: 2 p.m., a brief performance about our environment, followed by a raffle prize drawing.

Poster art about the importance of trees created by Bellevue fifth-grade students will be displayed.

Little Lake to Lake Walk
On Wednesday, April 22, the city, in a partnership with the American Volkssport Association, will sponsor a free "Little Lake to Lake" five-kilometer walk, from 2 to 7 p.m.  

This family-friendly walk follows the Lake Hills Greenbelt Trail connecting Larsen and Phantom lakes, winding through a rich variety of natural, historical and agricultural areas, including the King County Master Gardens and Larsen Lake Pioneer Cabin. In addition, earth education stations along the way will promote greater awareness and stewardship of the earth.

The walk takes approximately two hours to complete and is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. Participants must register between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the day of the event at the start location, the Lake Hills Greenbelt Community Gardens at 156th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 16th Street.

For more information about the Little Lake to Lake Walk, call 425-452-7106 or e-mail dpettersson@bellevuewa.gov.

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Parks & Community Services
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Alexandra DySard
Phone: 425-452-4195
E-mail: adysard@bellevuewa.gov

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