Parker’s Landing cleanups set

April 18, May 16 events will help prepare park for second annual Parkersville Day

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Port of Camas-Washougal Commissioner Cassi Marshall cleans a section of garden at Parker's Landing Historic Park in 2023. (Contributed photos courtesy of Parkersville National Historic Site Advisory Committee)

The Parkersville National Historic Site Advisory Committee (PAC) will host “park cleanup” sessions at Parker’s Landing Historical Park in Washougal from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, and Tuesday, May 16, in preparation for the second annual Parkersville Day event.

“You’ll enjoy the outdoor camaraderie and the ‘before’ and ‘after’ feeling of accomplishment for just a couple of hours of handiwork,” Port of Camas-Washougal commissioner and PAC member Cassi Marshall said in a news release

The PAC is asking volunteers to bring their own gardening tools, brooms, power-washers, rags and water buckets, along with their “expertise in roses and other plant pruning and fertilization” methods, according to Susan Tripp, a Parkersville National Historic Site Advisory Committee member.

Committee member Jeff Carlson will power-wash and seal the park’s aggregate kiosk, rose arbor flooring and benches.

“The park depends on volunteers to clean out the winter stages and cut back the rapid spring growth and spouting weeds,” Tripp said.

In 2022, PAC member Jeff Buchholz added a shelf to the park’s volunteer garden shed; Lions Club members weeded the rose arbor and pulled out bulb plants that had multiplied from one planter to the park’s walking path; Soroptimists members replaced dead winter plants with new spring varieties and power-washed the silo planter’s brick border; and other volunteers beautified planters, cleared out old vegetation, cut back overgrowth, removed new weeds, and cleared and cleaned the park in preparation for summer watering.

Since the park’s dedication in 1986, volunteers have been “active partners in park preservation and beautification,” according to the news release.

“With summers warming up over the last seven years, the historical park as an archeological site relies on volunteers, service clubs and scouts to deep-water the heritage trees, roses and more in the main section of the park that is not irrigated,” the news release states.

The second annual Parkersville Day event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3. For more information, email or visit nghistoricalpark.