MARYSVILLE — This year's National Day of Service and Remembrance will see the completion of a three-year project to convert the Doleshel Tree Farm property into the Doleshel Park for Marysville residents and families.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, the city of Marysville Parks and Recreation Department will work with members of the Cedar Crest, Foothills Park, Quil Ceda Creek and Shoultes wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the 67th Avenue NE property, just east of Kellogg Marsh Elementary, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The day's volunteers will be divided into work groups based on their skills and the difficulty levels of the tasks, with projects for young and old alike.
Among the day's tasks will be to limb up the tree canopy, frame in furnishing pads, pour concrete, install Sani-Can enclosures, fill holes, prepare and seed the meadow, mulch trails, install park signs and close the north gate to design a parking area.
This group effort will finalize preparations to open the park for public use, and create a gathering place for the community.
"The whole point of the Day of Service was to do something that would make a statement, in the wake of 9/11," said Bruce Paquette, who's once again serving as the project leader for the Marysville stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "This is healthy and productive, and it shows that nobody can take the community spirit away from our nation."
"Every year, this church and its volunteers come to these Days of Service highly motivated and organized," said Mike Robinson, the city's parks maintenance manager, whom Paquette praised. "In many regards, they've basically adopted this site, for which we're grateful. We bought this property with conservation dollars, so it's important that we move forward on it.