Join your neighbors for Community Service Day

Fifth annual event takes place throughout Rocklin
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Placer Herald and Press Tribune editor
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Put your helping hands to work this weekend for Community Service Day in Rocklin. The fifth annual event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and will draw hundreds of citizen volunteers to help the city and partners UNFI, Recology Auburn Placer and Dry Creek Conservancy get parks and open spaces into tip-top shape.

Last year nearly 200 people came out to help, said Dara Dungworth, the city’s stormwater management program coordinator. That was up from 130 the year before, and 60 the year before that, showing that as the city grows, so does its citizens’ interest in volunteering.
“I think word’s getting out a little bit more,” Dungworth said, “and I think more and more people are looking for community service opportunities, and this is our big one for the year.”
Rocklin residents, scouts, business and service organizations are invited to participate in parks, open space and watershed health projects at parks and other locations throughout the city.
Those projects include oak acorn harvesting at Johnson-Springview Park, invasive plant removal and litter pick-up at the Sunset West Open Space and storm drain inlet marking in Stanford Ranch neighborhoods and Downtown.
Gregg Bates, executive director of the Dry Creek Conservancy, said he’ll be out at the Pleasant Grove watershed in the Sunset West Open Space to oversee willow planting along the creek.
Volunteers will take clippings from a willow tree at the top of the drainage and put them in the ground along the creek, where they’ll stay wet and start growing.
“Pretty soon you’ll have a pretty nice vegetative drainage there, which is good for a lot of reasons,” including water quality and wildlife habitat.
Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes and should provide their own work gloves. Other recommended equipment includes water, hats, sunscreen, safety glasses, shovels and hand tools.
Community Service Day
When: Saturday, Oct. 27; check-in at 8 a.m. at Johnson-Springview Park; work parties 9 a.m. to noon
Oak acorn harvesting – Johnson-Springview Park
Invasive plant removal/litter pick-up/willow planting – Sunset West Open Space
Oak tree restoration planting – Stanford Ranch Open Space
Storm drain inlet marking – Stanford Ranch and Downtown
Tree planting – Breen and Whitney Parks
Bollard (post) staining – Lonetree Park