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Thursday, July 31,2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-3 Volunteers helping out with maintenance By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty com Grass is turning brown in Shelton's 13 city parks. Peeling shelters aren't being painted. This year, the Shelton Parks and Recreation De- partment had hoped to help create an off-leash dog park and make improvements at Johnson Park, Callanan Park and the Shelton Creek Trail Instead, a budget shortfall is preventing the department from completing any capital projects while it struggles to maintain its existing facili- ties, said Mark Ziegler, direc- tor of the Parks and Recre- ation Department The summer seasonal staff has been cut from three full- time employees to two half- time employees, Ziegler said. They have 13 parks to main- tain, from the largest (Cal- lanan Park at 6.9 acres) to the smallest (Brewer Park at one-third of an acre). The department anticipat- ed receiving about $415,000 el of service we had before," Ziegler said. The city is cutting costs by watering less at parks, Ziegler said. That also slows the growth of the grass, thus requiring less mowing, he said. City landscapes are not being weeded, and irriga- tion projects have been put on hold, Ziegler said. But the department remains commit- ted to properly maintaining the ball fields at the parks, he said. A survey included in city utility bills a few years ago shows residents want more trails, and an off-leash dog park, said Marilyn Vogler, a member of the city of Shelton Parks and Recreation De- partment Advisory Commit- tee. Others suggest extend- ing the Huff 'n' Puff Trail to Brockdale Road, she said. "None of (these projects) cost a lot of money, but we have no b'u~lget now ... People come out ~vith ideas, and they get excited, then you can't do anything," she said. But some residents are stepping forward to volunteer their time to help maintain city parks. A neighborhood group has adopted the Shelton Creek Trail behind the Shelton Tim- through property taxes for berland Library, Next month, 2014, Ziegler said. Instead, an aspiring Eagle Scout will it will get about $286,900, he spruce up Johnson Park at said. 325 East Poplar in the Capi- "You don't provide the lev- tol Hills neighborhood. The parks department also benefits from United Way of Mason County's annual Day of Caring, Ziegler said. On the sixth annual event June 17, members of the Shel- ton Kiwanis Club cleaned and painted picnic tables at Loop Field in downtown Shelton. Up the hill, members of the Kristmastown Kiwanis brightened the town's en- tryway at Overlook Park by planting flowers at the log monument sign. Garbage was cleared from the Shelton Creek Trail. Vogler picks up trash on her walks on the Huff 'n' Puff Trail, which celebrates its 35th anniversary Aug. 13. Dr. Douglas Larson won $25 in a contest to name the park. Among the losing en- trees: Spirit Dance Trail, the Jolly Joggers Trail, Sweat- sock Way, Gunshot Exercise Trails and the Earth, Wind and Tires Trail. Vogler said she used to .pick up bottles, Band-Aids, water bottles, cigarette butts and condoms on he/, Huff 'n' Puff walks, but users have gotten tidier in recent years. The rare debris she sees are wrappers, plastic bags and receipts, likely blown in by the wind. Vogler stressed that neigh- borhoods and other groups can adopt a park to help maintain. For more information, call Ziegler at 432-5194. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Norm and Kois de Waalmalefy of Shelton walk the city of Shelton's Huff 'n' Puff Trail on Monday. The trail celebrates its 35th anniversary Aug. 13. Home Improvement Landsca g Estate MAYAN GENEiAL CLEAN-UP Large and small jobs Walls, Pences, Spdnlder Systems, Patio & Decks, Sod Installation, Weeding We'll get the job donel FI EE ESTIHATES Call Tony or Lisa at :5b0-490-2221 RI 7 Call For Details and Pricing to Other Areas , www.kennedycreekquarry.com craftsmanship on all the jobs we do. Or that we've been serving Western Washington for over 55 years. You Know that you've got her covered and that the roof over your heads will give years of trouble free protection from the elements while increasing the valueofyQur home. .... RE-ROOFING' :EMENT HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING DECKS CALL NOW for your FREE , .. 0% Financing