RESTORING SEOLA POND: Explorer West, Westside students help Scott Dolfay’s dream become reality

A local greenspace is a little greener tonight thanks to the hard work of dozens of student volunteers – and a man with a vision.

The site is Seola Pond, near 30th SW/SW 106th. The students who worked there this afternoon, getting native plants into the ground, were from nearby Explorer West Middle School and Westside School (both WSB sponsors). The man with a vision – Scott Dolfay.

On our partner site White Center Now, we’ve covered his updates at recent meetings of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council – the site is along the city-county line and Dolfay’s been talking with NHUAC about his work to restore the site, and working for many months to secure help, not just volunteers, but also donated materials.

He explained that the site, where he bought property in 2010, “acts as a de facto neighborhood park” and was historically a peat bog that would dry up in the summer, and held runoff because of all the construction around it. He has had help from EarthCorps and Nature Consortium, too. If you’re interested in future work at the site, you can reach him at satomiscott (at) q (dot) com.

9 Replies to "RESTORING SEOLA POND: Explorer West, Westside students help Scott Dolfay's dream become reality"

  • YzzyMa December 14, 2017 (10:01 pm)

    Thank you, Mr. Dolfay. My daughter spent time pulling down invasive ivy. The effort & intent made an impression- on all of us. Please continue the collaboration.

  • vanessa December 15, 2017 (7:45 am)

    We all thank you. Thank you from Mother Earth!

  • LKT December 15, 2017 (10:21 am)

    Great work, and important, too. Thank you!

  • BlairJ December 15, 2017 (11:31 am)

    Thank you for teaching kids the intertwined values of controlling runoff and restoring native vegetation.

  • Scott Dolfay December 15, 2017 (12:23 pm)

    Please note the two grants for this:

    $800 from the Washington Native Plant Society

    $1,500 from King County’s “Community Service Areas Grant Program” 

    I’ve applied for a grant from  King County’s “Small Habitat Restoration Program” for 2018. Keep your fingers crossed. 

  • Liz Giba December 15, 2017 (9:03 pm)

    Thank you, Scott, you are an inspiration!   My fingers are crossed for 2018.

  • Liz Giba December 15, 2017 (9:40 pm)

    Tracy, thanks for another great report!  Will you please post a link on WCN?  

  • Question Mark December 16, 2017 (10:51 am)

    Great work, Scott (and friends) … !! …

  • Denise Mahnke December 18, 2017 (4:05 pm)

    Congratulations Scott!  Your vision is happening.  It has been a pleasure to watch this unfold.  Very well done!!  Washington Native Plant Society thanks you for your hard work and dedication.  

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