By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor
Lynnwood’s Little Helpers, a group of student volunteers from Lynndale Elementary School, helped kick off the renovation of the Lynndale Park Amphitheater on Monday.
As part of the city’s celebration of Arbor Day, Lynnwood’s Little Helpers planted some Vine Maple trees to help prevent the erosion of the slope at the amphitheater. The planting of the trees is part of the overall amphitheater improvement project, which is scheduled to start on Wednesday.
The amphitheater was built in 1972. Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Director Lynn Sordel noted that the city received a matching $70,000 grant from Snohomish County for the renovation of the amphitheater. He, however, noted that lower bids resulted in the city’s contribution being only $50,000.
Renovations include a new asphalt path, increased seating capacity and handicapped accessible seating. The project is expected to take about two months and the amphitheater should be ready for this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park series.
Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith attended Monday’s event and told the crowd of her meeting with Lynndale Elementary fifth grader Farrah Padilla at one of her campaign events.
Padilla and some of her classmates were looking to do volunteer work for their community. The planting of trees at the Lynndale Amphitheater was the first project for Lynnwood’s Little Helpers.
“These children are role models for our citizens,” Smith said.
Before the Little Helpers grabbed their shovels they were officially sworn in as Lynnwood Junior Park Rangers.