We kicked off the summer swim season in Lake Washington at Magnuson Park after some sunny stewardship with the Green Seattle Partnership’s local neighborhood forest stewards. It’s fun to return to this site and watch it develop. The local volunteers have dedicated many years to stewardship in this area and it’s really showing.
We planted some end-of-season native plants, mulched and of course weeded out noxious species like buttercup and bindweed so the young plants wouldn’t be smothered. We were treated to eagles, kingfisher and osprey as we worked.
Swimming at the quiet north end was a treat after getting warm and sweaty. The kids enjoyed seeing many (non-native) painted turtles sunning themselves on a log in the lake, read more about turtles in WA here. We look forward to keeping this site in our regular rotation.