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Editorial: Volunteers come to aid of city gems

Folks who live near Land Park have done yeoman's work sprucing up one of Sacramento's most cherished green spaces.

Today, leaders of the volunteer corps that stepped up when city maintenance crews became budget cut casualties plan to share what they've learned with others who want to form similar groups at other city parks.

The volunteer spirit helps make Sacramento special. But it is not the entire solution. Not every neighborhood has enough residents with the time and money to care for parks.

So the City Council was wise to start a feasibility study for a citywide property tax assessment for parks maintenance that could go on the 2012 ballot.

Residents are showing how much they value their parks by volunteering. They ought to get the chance to show how much they're willing to pay as well.

TO VOLUNTEER

Parks volunteering workshop, today, 10 a.m.-noon, Clunie Clubhouse at McKinley Park.

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