Saturday, April 03, 2010

Park CleanUp! Mollie Tobias with the city of San Jose is a volunteer coordinator. She is also my hero of the day. She helped get a ton of college and high school kids to come help spread woodchips in our neighborhood park.

Here are some pix

the black arrows on the green post is the level the play surface SHOULD be up to.

A crew from the parks department dropped off a lot of woodchips. they can do that, but do not have the budget to spread them around! This is where Mollie helped. By getting volunteers to spread the chips? it all becomes possible!

Play structure with not enough chips

Sad rocking dolphin, he is too high up for anyone to climb on!

Turtles, well, that concrete will hurt if you fall on them

Enter a crew of volunteers

young, energetic, and wanting to do something good for the community

applying muscle to solve problems. These are some very positive kids, who spent their Saturday morning working for someone else. I was impressed

Saul was impressed too! He came to say hello, and tell the folks "Thank You!"

Swingset? Reachable! Usable! Hooray

the 'clubhouse'? Well, he can climb onto the seats now. it is not sticking way too far up, it has padding, it looks nice, yeah?

Happy Dolphin, Happy Seahorse, now people can get on them to play!

And look at those turtles!. No more exposed concrete base. Now this looks like a neighborhood playground.

When they finished spreading mulch, the volunteers started pulling up Ivy. Sure, it looks green, but it is just a breeding ground for bugs and rats. These kids pulled, cleaned, and took it by the wheelbarrow load to a city truck to be hauled away.

They worked in the planter to loosen some of the dirt, The city crew is going to try to come up with plants and flowers.

cleaning up shovels and rakes stacked

Mollie in the center in the green shirt is chatting with the volunteers

Some of the volunteers actually USING the playground! this is what it is all about.

YAY, volunteers!! Woo hoo! Makes me want to play on the swings...
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