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Rocklin rolls up sleeves, digs in for service day

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This past Saturday, Rocklin volunteers were given the opportunity to give back to their community and help beautify their city.

The city of Rocklin held its fifth annual Community Service Day with several maintenance projects, including tree planting at Whitney and Breen Parks, acorn and trash collecting at Johnson Springview Park and restoration works at the Sunset West open space area. Volunteers also marked storm drain locations around town and marked trails at Lonetree Park. About 150 volunteers came out to help.
 
“We do different projects in the parks and the open spaces throughout the city and give Rocklin citizens an opportunity to give back and do community service in their city,” said Dara Dungworth, associate planner with the city. “We kind of keep a wish list going throughout the year, depending on what kind of maintenance projects city crews can’t get to during the work hours with all the layoffs, furloughs and budget constraints. It’s really, really helpful to have several hundred Rocklin citizens come out and help us.”
 
Diana Ruslin, Rocklin City Council member, said she looks forward to volunteering around town every year.
 
“This is a great way for the community to really have opportunities at our parks and to help us keep them up to the standards everyone loves,” she said, adding, “I love this day, I’ve been doing it for many years. This is a project that’s very important to our city.”
 
This year the city had help from local organizations and businesses in addition to citizen volunteers. The Dry Creek Conservancy nonprofit worked with the city on the Sunset West open space restoration project, removing invasive plants and planting willow trees and other native plant species. UNFI and Recology Auburn Placer made monetary donations to the Dry Creek Conservancy to help fund the project, as well as donating food and water for volunteers.
 
“We had a lot of great community participation from businesses and organizations,” Dungworth said.
 
The Kososki family of Rocklin volunteered their time together at Johnson Springview Park collecting acorns.
 
 “We learned about oak trees, and how they recycle the acorns and plant them back in the community,” said mom Mary Kososki. “It was a great experience for (our kids). I think they learned a lot, too.”
 
“I think it’s good to give back to the community you live in,” she added. “I think it’s great for them to see. We can all set an example of how to make our community better and cleaner.”