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
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
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.
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