The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

September 23, 2008

Digging Up Some Dirt in Bellevue

Filed under: Bellevue — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 12:14 am

No, I have not (yet) decided to fill my blog up with half-baked scandalmongering (although I’ll have to keep that in mind just in case the day job doesn’t work out.)  As part of a church activity, a significant portion of last Saturday morning was spent quite literally digging up some dirt in a median found on the Lake Hills Connector in Bellevue.  This particular patch of ground (between Southeast 8th Street and the railroad bridge that you can see at the top of the picture) had recently been cleared off, and several thousand plants, shrubs and trees awaited transplant.  As you can see, we clearly had our work cut out for us.

Even if planting all that stuff was all we needed to do, that was going to be enough work as is.  Combine this with the fact that the ground was just full of big rocks that we had to either figure out how to dig around or find some way to dig up, and the whole thing becomes even tougher.  Oh, and did I mention the fact that it rained practically the whole time we were out there?  I guess when they say Summer is over, they really mean it this time (although we did get a really nice stretch of weather between Labor Day and last Wednesday or so.)

Not that any of that stopped anyone, of course.  With nearly 70 people from three singles wards in the area participating, the work went a lot quicker than expected, and within the course of three hours, the group managed to plant stuff all the way up to the rail bridge.

Now that looks much better, doesn’t it?  The City of Bellevue Parks Department has plenty of planting that needs to be done, and organizes opportunities to do so on a monthly basis (although more so around Arbor Day and Earth Day.)  If you’d like to get in on the digging, you can find more info on volunteer opportunities here.  They’ll even provide the shovels, gloves and (somewhat) fashionable orange vests.

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1 Comment »

  1. Good thing you brought your camera to document the day Brian… Otherwise you might have had to dig and plant too! (grin) That guy in the red shirt on the bottom shot looks like he’s coming to get and plant you.

    I’m a Seattleite transplanted to Pomeroy (SE corner of the state). I enjoy reading your posts. Just went and spent a weekend in Bellevue and while driving through the downtown area managed to amaze my wife and daughter with information on the old and new Safeway stores. (They of course are easily amazed by me.)

    Thanks,

    John

    Comment by John Gordon — September 25, 2008 @ 7:46 am


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