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Battle Ground’s Yard Appreciation Day a revised version of annual event

In lieu of its annual Park Appreciation Day, when volunteers get together to spruce up local parks, the city of Battle Ground is hosting Yard Appreciation Day on Saturday.

The city tweaked the event to comply with Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order while still encouraging community involvement and outdoor activity.

Bonnie Gilberti, Battle Ground communications manager, said the city encourages everyone in Clark County to get outside, dig in the dirt and cultivate beauty.

“Even small actions can make a big difference,” said Gilberti, who is putting in a vegetable garden this week on her Hockinson property.

Gilberti credits Mattie Buckmiller, Battle Ground’s recreation and facilities supervisor, who worked with the city’s community engagement advisory board to develop the idea for Yard Appreciation Day.

“The inspiration came from wanting to connect with the community,” Gilberti said. “With the stay-home orders, it’s a little difficult to have that physical connection like we would on Park Appreciation Day.”

Starting on Monday, the city of Battle Ground will share daily Yard Appreciation Day and Earth Day ideas and activities on its Facebook page at

Battle Ground staffers are eager to hear from neighbors and community members. They’d like to know about favorite gardening tips or patio and porch improvement ideas, as well as what actions Clark County residents are taking to celebrate Earth Day. Anyone can share Yard Appreciation Day stories, photos and videos at


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