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Richmond, Calif., Shows the Love to Popular Community Greenway

Some 375 volunteers brought some TLC to the Richmond Greenway in Richmond, Calif., on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last week, joining communities across the country hosting volunteer events to honor a man whose generous spirit continues to inspire Americans.

Community groups and energetic individuals got their hands dirty maintaining the popular greenway, pulling out weeds, collecting seeds and replanting garden beds.

But in addition to regular upkeep, this year's event created some new project areas around the Richmond Greenway. Urban Tilth, a nonprofit organization that promotes community agriculture in west Contra Costa County, started planting its Edible Forest in a disused area on 16th Street. Gompers Garden, a remarkable revitalization project of Gompers High School, built raised beds for their new garden area. And The Watershed Project continued the development of its bioswale, a landscaping feature designed to remove silt and pollution from surface water runoff, applying sheet mulching and planting a number of native plants.

"Last year we brought out 750 native plants and ran out after the first hour," says Matt Frieberg from The Watershed Council. "So this year I brought out 2,000. And it looks like the volunteers rose to the challenge!"

The volunteer event had a lively festival feel, with food, music, tents and a Kids Zone with farm animals and biodegradable pots for youngsters to decorate and plant with a winter vegetable.

Richmond Spokes, a local bike shop, was there fixing bikes with their mobile Spokeshop. It was great to see the Spokeshop in action--RTC helped launch Spokeshop through our Metropolitan Grants Program, funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation. This grant program has supported the tremendous work of community groups across America, and Gompers Garden and Urban Tilth will soon receive grants courtesy of The Coca-Cola Foundation and RTC for expansion of their garden areas.

If you live in the area but missed out on the MLK Day event, you can still get involved in volunteer projects around the Richmond Greenway through The Watershed Project's Second Saturday work days.

Congratulations to the many volunteers across America who marked MLK Day by making a positive contribution to their community.

Photos by RTC.

 


Posted Mon, Jan 23 2012 12:17 PM by Jake Lynch
 

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