April 21 is Parks Appreciation Day, one of Tacoma’s most popular environmental volunteer events of the year.

Metro Parks Tacoma estimates that hundreds of community members will show up to help rejuvenate their local green spaces. Tasks include spreading mulch in flower beds, putting gravel down on trails, trimming invasive blackberry bushes, picking up garbage, and other landscaping assignments.

“Come on out and help spruce things up for the spring and summer season ahead,” said Parks Appreciation Day Coordinator Richard Madison.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon on April 21 at one of eight work sites: Swan Creek ParkPoint Defiance ParkMcKinley ParkCharlotte’s Blueberry ParkTacoma Nature CenterSTAR CenterTitlow Park, and Browns Point Playfield.

Participants are encouraged to wear gloves, bring rakes, shovels, or shears, and dress appropriately for the weather. Groups of 10 or more should register beforehand by emailing Richard Madison at richardm@tacomaparks.com.

Other Parks Appreciation Day events around Pierce County can be found here.