Volunteers head to local parks

200 locals, 900 church members to hit the dirt in north area on Saturday

April 27, 2011

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

One of the city’s largest volunteer work parties will head into some of West Sacramento’s parks on Saturday to plant trees, fix walkways, paint backstops, install fencing and perform a host of other projects.

The work will target River Walk Park (near the ziggurat and CalSTRS buildings) as well as Bryte and Alyce Norman parks in the city’s north area.

Said a press release from the Church of Latter Day Saints, a key sponsor of the event:

“The city has already prepared landscaping materials and ordered over 1,600 plants worth $7,000, 45 cubic yards of bark and 42 yards of decomposed granite,” according to Kimber Goddard, a church leader and West Sacramento resident. His church will bring about 900 volunteers from the region into the city for the work day.

Joining him will be an estimated 200 local people – many of them rounded up by the Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN) group.

“This day and age we have to come together for the common good,” said Jim Brewer, president of BBCAN, in the press release. “By just seeing people helping, we can show the rest of the community that we’re interested in our neighborhood.”

Eight Eagle Scout candidates from the Boy Scouts will go to work removing old plants, beautifying a historic landmark for the “California Historic Salmon Cannery” on the River Walk, moving drinking projects, and doing other projects.

There will be an Arbor Day ceremony at Bryte Park at 9 a.m., and work projects begin at 9. There will be a public ceremony at the cannery monument at 11:30 a.m.

Is there room for more workers?

“Come on down and bring your helping hands,” Goddard told the News-Ledger. “People can show up at any of the sites. I’m expecting 900 Mormons and 200 community members so far, and I hope to have a few more.”

Copyright News-Ledger 2011

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