News Release: REALTORS® to mark 12th year of green space stewardship with day of service at Lakemont Community Park

BELLEVUE, Washington (September 19, 2018) – Healthy parks can contribute to healthy home sales, according to officials with Seattle King County Realtors® (SKCR). The group is recruiting “boots on the ground” volunteers for its annual day of service “TREC project.”

TREC – The REALTORS Environmental Council – will mark its 12th annual day of stewardship on Friday, Oct. 5 when several dozen volunteers will convene at Lakemont Community Park in east Bellevue to plant native trees and shrubs. The crew will work “rain or shine” under the direction of a Bellevue Parks ranger.

Realtors, staff members and affiliates of SKCR will work as part of the “Eco Fridays” events hosted by Bellevue Parks & Community Services. The events, which are open to the public, are unique opportunities for businesses to participate in the stewardship and care of Bellevue’s Park and Open Space System.

David Crowell, SKCR’s director of governmental and public affairs, said the goal in forming TREC was to bring together REALTORS and the community to help preserve healthy, natural habitats. “We believe public parks offer many recreational, environmental, cultural, social and health benefits and we are committed to supporting efforts to enhance neighborhood assets.” He also noted numerous studies have confirmed the environmental, physical, psychological and economic benefits of parks.

In past years – and regardless of weather conditions – volunteers ranging in age from 8 to 87 have cleared non-native invasive vegetation, planted native trees and shrubs, and spread mulch at parks and open spaces around King County. Last year’s project was at the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park in the “Issaquah Alps.”

“Real estate professionals don’t just sell homes,” said Georgia Wall, the association’s vice president of governmental affairs and a broker at Compass. “Realtors often lead efforts to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability by advocating for policies that will protect, preserve and enhance our quality of life. We’re advocates for community open spaces and recreational amenities in neighborhoods where our members and their clients live and work.”

Affiliate members, such as lenders, inspectors and providers of other ancillary services are volunteering at the October 5 event and will also host a lunch break for the volunteers. “I and other members of The Affiliate Council look forward to teaming up with Realtors at this annual service project. We recognize the importance of taking care of our communities as well as our planet,” said Laura Pozzi, owner of NW Gift Company and the Council’s representative on SKCR’s Board of Directors.

The work party is scheduled from 9:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. No experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to bring water, rain gear and gloves if possible.

All volunteers must pre-register at nwrealtor.com or by calling 425.974-1011. Participants will need to sign a standard volunteer liability waiver form and photo/video release. Carpooling is encouraged.

About Lakemont Community Park (5170 Village Park Dr SE, Bellevue)

Lakemont Community Park spans 16 acres and features a large stormwater management system that reduces flooding and helps protect Lewis Creek and Lake Sammamish from pollution. Along with three miles of multiple-use trails, the park features two picnic shelters, a play area, a softball field, a basketball court, two tennis courts, a skate bowl, and restrooms.

About The Realtors Environmental Council (TREC)

SKCR established The Realtors Environmental Council as a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate to promote environmental stewardship among REALTORS, its affiliate members and homeowners, and to support projects and policies to preserve a healthy natural habitat. In addition to “on-the-ground” projects to promote green practices, local and national REALTOR® associations offer a Green Designation, a professional credential that signifies proficiency on issues of energy and resource efficiency, along with sustainability in various facets of real estate.

Since inception, TREC volunteers have devoted a day of service at parks and open spaces in Auburn, Bellevue, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, Shoreline, and Tukwila.

About SKCR

Seattle King County REALTORS® creates a thriving and ethical business environment for members through education, advocacy and tools that support member success. The nonprofit professional trade association promotes a strict code of ethics and policies that protect and promote the right to own, transfer and use real property.

Based in Bellevue, SKCR has more than 7,000 members and is a local association of the National Association of Realtors. Membership is voluntary, and only members may use the term REALTOR®, which is a licensed collective trademark.

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