Story Submited by Leah Grant
In celebration of Earth Day, Lake Sawyer Park Foundation, together with representatives from the City of Black Diamond and King County, held a dedication ceremony for Lake Sawyer Regional Park’s newly installed Interpretive Trail.
The Interpretive Trail includes a kiosk at the park trailhead and four educational signs located throughout the park. The goal of the project was to provide educational information about watersheds and water quality. Funding for the project was provided by a $12,500 grant from King County Wastewater Treatment Division.
“The new Interpretive Trail at Lake Sawyer will educate the visitors on the importance of keeping the lake water clean,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn. “I’m glad to have played a part in this project that will help preserve a treasure of the Black Diamond community.”
The signs include a list of every day actions people can take to help protect the lake and surrounding habitat as well as information about the plants and animals that live in and around the park.
In addition, park visitors can learn about the impacts of storm water and wastewater and the importance of water quality monitoring. The project included more than 300 hours of volunteer labor and in-kind contributions from local residents and businesses.
“We are grateful to Councilmember Dunn and his staff for their help in getting this grant,” said Leah Grant, Lake Sawyer Park Foundation President. “The City of Black Diamond, especially the Public Works Department, were great partners on the project. It’s really satisfying to see park visitors stop to read the signs and learn about how they can help protect this beautiful park and the plants and animals that live here.”
“The new kiosk and signs make the park more inviting and educational for people of all ages,” said Mayor Benson. “The City appreciates the hard work of Lake Sawyer Park Foundation and all of the volunteers and staff who made this Interpretive Trail possible.”
About Lake Sawyer Regional Park
Lake Sawyer Regional Park, located at 31500 Lake Sawyer Road SE in Black Diamond, is about 150 acres of undeveloped land at the south end of Lake Sawyer, which includes 38 acres of wetland and riparian habitat and 4,000 lineal feet of lake, wetland, and creek shoreline. The park is an important migration corridor for coho salmon and has an active pair of bald eagles. Hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and dog walkers can enjoy an abundance of forested trails in the park.
About the Lake Sawyer Park Foundation (LSPF)
LSPF is a grassroots tax-exempt organization made up of volunteers who work in partnership with the City of Black Diamond to raise money and awareness on behalf of Lake Sawyer Regional Park. Its mission is to seek out opportunities and promote efforts that support this beautiful and unique space. LSPF volunteers have been actively involved with restoration activities in the park, including habitat re-establishment, noxious weed removal, planting native trees and plants, and trail maintenance. To learn more about Lake Sawyer Park Foundation or to get involved, check out our Facebook page or email us at LakeSawyerParkFoundation@comcast.net.