Friends of parks spring into being

QUILCENE — It’s a daunting job for one person, going out to a rural property in the spring and setting everything to rights after the ravages of winter.

For Jane Storm’s storm troopers, it was a walk in the park.

“When we stopped for lunch, we looked at how much we had done in two hours,” Storm said.

“We were stoked.”

Storm is the driving force behind the Friends of Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, a group of volunteers forming to fill the gap in the county parks’ budget by lending their hands.

Their first task: getting all the parks in the county ready to open for the season.

“Each spring, we have to go through all of the parks’ areas — the day-use parks, the picnic shelters,” said Matt Tyler, county parks and recreation manager.

“This really reduces our costs.”

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