Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com

Rick Stevenson hoses out a fountain in Land Park in Sacramento while helping community volunteers with the Land Park Volunteer Corps on Saturday. The neighborhood group holds monthly workdays to keep the park beautiful after the city lost park maintenance workers due to budget cuts.

Exposures: I Care: Volunteers spruce up Land Park

Published: Monday, May. 5, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, May. 5, 2014 - 12:36 am

Under the watchful eye of the Charles Swanston memorial statue, Rick Stevenson hoses out a cascading rock fountain built in the 1920s in William Land Park. The statue and fountain, built in memory of the area landholder and rancher, are among the pet projects managed by the Land Park Volunteer Corps.

With a crisp breeze blowing Saturday morning, nearly 50 volunteers joined the neighborhood group. Armed with rakes, shovels, pruning shears and pond skimmers, they pulled weeds, shaped hedges and cleared pond debris in several areas of the park. Stevenson, who hasn’t missed a cleanup day since the group was formed in 2010, said the park started looking “ratty” when the city reduced park maintenance staff due to budget cuts.

The monthly workdays are the brainchild of Craig Powell, who oversees the volunteers, providing breakfast and lunch as well as all the tools and materials needed for the work session. “I think this is a community with enough love for its park that they would be willing to make a sustained commitment to the maintenance of the park,” Powell said.

To suggest a community volunteer for the I Care column, contact lsterling@sacbee.com


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