Work party cleans up Green Banks Park

Allan Burnett, a freshman at Hoquiam High School, recently organized a work party for the restoration of a small park, known locally as Green Banks, located between Highway 101 and the West Hoquiam River, just north of Hoquiam. Improvements will be made to the fishing access, the non-motorized boat launch and a picnic table, making them safer and more user-friendly.

Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Inc. of Cosmopolis awarded a grant of $4,500 to the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust to be directed to Boy Scout Troop 100’s Eagle Scout project headed by Burnett.

Burnett is the son of Jeff and Marsha Burnett and has been in scouting for six years. Rick Strom, his leader, started Troop 100 in 2010 for boys in Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Westport/Ocosta. Burnett is the troop’s Eagle Scout.

The first stage of the project was a general clean-up of trash and invasive blackberries. Burnett and other volunteers will continue the restoration and hope to finish by the end of the summer.

The land on which the little park sits is owned by Chehalis River Basin Land Trust and is a small part of the much larger Hoquiam Surge-Plain protected by the land trust for the benefit of fish and wildlife. The total area managed by the land trust equals 1,324 acres along all three forks of the Hoquiam River.