Monday, March 11, 2013

Beautification Day held at Dean Park

L to R: Elmetra Patterson, Daniel Mittan, 
Charles Hampton and Ed Waldron

It was a beautiful day for beautification of Dean Park on Saturday, March 9, 2013. The wind was high but so was the temperature as various groups joined in with the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. to help maintain the beauty of the park.
  The Girl Scouts, Troop 20012, with their leader Rita Eichelberger and assistant Crystal Young raked and haul pine straw to various places in the park for mulching. 4 H-Club Leader and Master Gardener Jean Harper and several 4 H-Club members moved pruned material to the dumpster.  NAACP president, Charles Hampton pruned the crepe myrtles and other plants.  Master Gardeners, Ed Waldron and Bob Cline pruned roses and hauled pine straw and placed it around plants after old mulch was removed.

Another group cleared old material from some of the 12 Raised Garden Beds and transplanted lettuce and onion. This group included Olivia Eiland and Master Gardeners Daniel Mittan, Janice Hopkins and Elmetra Patterson. In a few days they will plant some early peas behind the beds if weather permits.

FODP was pleased to have Dean Park Commissioners Claudell Weaver and Supervisor Gloria Turnipseed present to assist and entertain questions about their responsibility to the park. A great lunch of hotdogs, nachos and cheese with drinks was served to the group for lunch.

This was a very successful event but there is more to do. The youth and master gardeners received credit for 4 – 5 hours for community service. For information on how you can accumulate community services hours from Dean Park for scholarships and college admission, please contact Elmetra Patterson, 510. 672-2106 or Elder Richard Moncrief, 662.736-3323. All photos courtesy of Eddie Littleton.
by Elmetra Patterson

L to R: Asia Eichelberger, Zakaria Goss, Alexis Jordan, Shan Thames, Taylor Hopkins,
Charlessia Mays, Keyasha Edwards, Antronia Wells and Montana Eichelberger.

Girl Scouts hard at work near the pond at Dean Park