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The time is here to volunteer

By: Teresa O'Hanlon, Special to The Placer Herald
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The city of Rocklin is looking for a few good volunteers. Three hundred are needed to be exact. This Saturday marks the first Rocklin Community Service Day where residents, schools, businesses and service groups are encouraged to sign up and come out to five city parks to help with oak tree planting and maintenance projects. “We’ve had a lot of different groups over the years want to help with community service projects,” said Mark Riemer, Rocklin community services and facilities director. “So we thought let’s go ahead and try a day and identify four or five city projects and invite the citizens to participate.” A welcome registration breakfast will kick-off the event at 8 a.m. at Twin Oaks Community Park. Volunteers will receive finalized work assignments and report to a park to help plant saplings and specimen oak trees and spread organic material underneath existing oak tree groves from 9 a.m. until noon. The projects will take place at Johnson-Springview Community Park, Lone Tree Community Park, Mansion Oaks Neighborhood Park, Sonora Neighborhood Park and Twin Oaks Community Park. The Van Wagner family of Rocklin has already signed up to participate. “Probably the single biggest benefit from our neighborhood park, Mansion Oaks, are those gorgeous trees and the wildlife in those trees,” said Scott Van Wagner. “This is a really good family opportunity to give back.” Daughter Abigail, 11, is looking forward to helping. “I think it’s going to be exciting,” she said. “There’s going to be a lot of people I know at the park with their families planting trees.” Abigail’s mom, Joan, is proud of her nephew, an Eagle Scout, who helped map out trail mileage at Mansion Oaks and other city parks to assist the city in determining walking trail distances. “We walk around the park as often as we can get out there,” said Joan Van Wagner. “If everybody has a little ownership in taking care of their parks it makes it all that nicer for everybody to enjoy.” What: Rocklin Community Service Day When: Saturday, Oct.11th from 9 a.m. to noon; welcome breakfast at 8 a.m. Why: Oak tree planting and park maintenance projects Where: Five neighborhood and community parks in Rocklin Want to volunteer? Sign up online at www.rocklin.ca.us/CommunityServiceDay or call Patty Tash, city volunteer coordinator at 625-5058