Ivy 'takes a pulling' during park clean-up

"POULSBO - Helping hands converged on American Legion Park Saturday and yanked, pulled, dug and cut enough poison ivy, sticker bushes and weeds to fill a dumpster. The spring clean-up was deemed a success by Wayne Hill of the Poulsbo Tree Board, who thanked the 20 or so volunteers for their work on beautifying the site. Crews have been working on and off at the park for over a year now, pulling weeds and ivy to help native vegetation and trees recapture their glory. In addition to ivy removal, locals last year planted new trees and shrubs at key areas around American Legion to help prevent erosion. A similar planting is in the works for later this year, said Hill. We've cut a lot of ivy, he said. It'll be very evident for anyone traveling on Front Street. With that ivy out of there we'll be looking at another planting effort in the fall. According to Hill, vegetation planted last year was coming along nicely. The plants seem to be doing very well, he remarked, inviting both visitors and residents of Poulsbo to stop by the park and see the progress for themselves. As for the volunteer effort, Hill explained that in the end - every little bit helps out. Someone once said it's a terrible tragedy that people don't do anything because they feel they can only do a little... But when many folks come together to lend a hand they can do a lot for our community, he said. "

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