Aug 11, 2013

Clearing our walking path at the August workday

Presenting the new footpath on the south side of the park, heading west toward Masonic:  

It's like the old path, but it's about 20 percent wider. You've got more room for walking or jogging, and hopefully fewer mud puddles. That's because our volunteers yesterday scraped up and removed several feet of soil that was encroaching on the path. 

Wouldn't it have been great to do that for the entire length of the path? Absolutely, but that will take a bigger volunteer turnout. Imagine how heavy it is to lift the damp, compacted soil. We were a strong group of volunteers, but an hour of that work meant sore shoulders and back (for me, anyway). 
The sun came out during break time at the memorial

In addition to pathway clearing, we tended to a half-dozen smaller jobs in the east end, like weeding around the trees along Baker Street, removing ivy climbing a eucalyptus, and trimming back the enormous shrub that grows into the bike path close to Baker. 

During the mid-summer, the combination of irrigation, fog drip, and increased solar energy makes the Panhandle a bright green oasis. Get out and enjoy it, with or without blue skies.

Aug 9, 2013

After tomorrow's workday, looking forward to a picnic in September

Our monthly community workday is coming up tomorrow, Saturday, August 10. Join us! With our rain garden in good hands, we're expecting to travel to the east end (near Lyon Street) where our ornamental beds need some upkeep and the redwood grove needs a new layer of soil and mulch.

And next month, we're planning a special event, that should appeal to everyone - even those who don't want to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning or rake up leaves in the park:

Picnic in the Panhandle, 
Saturday September 21 
11:30 am - 1:30 pm.