Earth Corps Crew at Chism Park

More than eight acres of land at Chism Beach Park overrun with ivy and other invasive plants are being restored, with more than 100 volunteers and the city's garbage hauler pitching in for the cause.

Non-native plants are a problem in many wooded areas across the city. Sprawling with lightning speed, ivy has invaded forested areas of Chism Beach, degrading the habitat at one of Bellevue's popular waterfront parks, located at 9600 SE 11th St. on Lake Washington.

The Parks & Community Services Department contracted with EarthCorps, a nonprofit international youth organization that specializes in natural area restoration, to pull the ivy and plant native plants in its place, over a seven-month period