I want to invite you all to a work day in McLaren Park this Saturday from 10am - 1pm. This will be our first official activity in McLaren park. We will be working with a gardener to help clean up an area in the park (which is not part of the proposed course). This is our first chance to make a good impression with the gardeners in McLaren as well as with members of the community. So bring your best attitude and be ready to work. (And please leave all your discs at home.) It is this type of foundation-laying work that is essential as we move forward with the McLaren course.
The meeting spot will be Oxford and Bacon Streets. Below are the Volunteer Guidelines for information on what participants should be prepared for. Essentially, everyone should wear close-toed shoes and layers.
Finally, after the work day, for anyone who is interested I will give a quick preview of a few holes that are currently part of the proposed course. (These are far from finalized but it should give you an idea of the type of course we are looking at out there.)
Thanks and hope to see you all out there,
Wear gloves and use tools provided in ways demonstrated by work crew supervisor.
Eyes before hands. When picking up trash from under bushes, behind trees, and under benches, use the tool provided to pull things out where you can see them. Then pick them up.
Be aware of the locations of other workers and members of the public to ensure your safety and theirs.
Lift with your legs, not your back.
Wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes (ideally boots); you may be working around poison oak or blackberries.
Avoid picking up broken glass and hypodermic needles
Drink water to avoid dehydration.
Stack debris out of the way of public but still accessible to staff trucks. Stack cut branches with butt end to road. Keep bagged trash separate from organic debris, weeds separate from brush. Pile weeds to be picked up in small piles (handled by one swoop of pitchfork) so that staff can easily load truck.
Stow tools properly.
Work in pairs or groups.
You represent the City's Recreation and Park Department, please be polite and helpful to visitors.
The supervising gardener is your host; respect his/her knowledge and experience. Park gardening is not the same as home gardening. Ask questions and seek assistance when you are not sure.
Help us recruit more volunteers. Bring friends, co-workers, kids, mates.
The work you are doing is important!!
Pulling weeds, and mulching limits use of sprays.
Clean-ups improve the quality of life in neighborhoods.
Volunteers with an understanding of park needs contribute to a supportive and informed constituency.
Volunteers attract other forms of support-in kind donations of services, supplies, and grants.