FROG, DNA Join for Earth Day Play

Saturday, April 9, 2016

It's time to get ready for spring and summer at our local open space gem, the Rockridge Temescal Greenbelt and FROG Park. Come out for a community work day on Earth Day, Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. - noon, (8:45 sign-in), sponsored by FROG and the DMV Neighbors Association (DNA).

We will be doing a number of maintenance tasks around the park. Many jobs are kid-friendly and families are welcome (but we do not provide childcare). The DNA is coordinating clearing the creek bed, raking, weeding, pruning, and collecting trash along the greenbelt between Cavour and Little Frog, to get ready for the creek to flow again. Tasks at Big Frog are to remove trash; rake and turn fibar (the bark-like cushioning material under the play structures); clean sand; sweep; and care for plants in the butterfly garden and along the path. The pond will be cleared of debris and redwood duff in preparation for the creek pump to be turned on.

Each year, we do this to maintain the beauty and safety of the park for our children and community members to enjoy. This is your chance to make a difference in keeping the park and greenbelt clean and fun for everyone. There will be tasks for all ages, and if you'd like to come but won't be able to wield a broom or shovel, we can always use help at the sign-in tables - a wonderful way to meet neighbors. School and other groups are very welcome, and we will confirm hours of service for those who need it.

While the FROG Committee and DNA members are the visible faces of our Earth Day cleanup volunteer event, we couldn't make it happen so readily without the behind-the-scenes hard work of the Oakland Environmental Services and gardening staff. They print posters, host the city's Earth Day website, organize the tool pickup (many of the gardening and maintenance tools are provided by the city), and drop by the park many times during Earth Day to make sure that everything is going smoothly and we have the help we need. When you volunteer on Earth Day, you're giving them a shout-out and thank you, and they truly deserve it.

We are looking forward to a fun and successful Earth Day.