Wading boots required to take this corner an hour earlier
8 inches of muddy sod cleared from walkway
Great turnout of neighbors, volunteers from Asian American Recovery Services
and park gardener, Charlie (seated, far left)
The North Panhandle's neighborhood park is cleaner with less mud and wider paths after the two-hour stint Saturday morning by a dozen volunteers. The Asian American Recovery Services joined the Panhandle Park Stewards to shovel mud off the Panhandle paths in the western end of the park. Dale Danley, leader of the park stewards, said he felt encouraged after the accomplishments of the day. "After taking on these big mud puddles, I'm beginning to think we can actually do something about these muddy pathways. We still need to work with the city to get a long-term solution."
The Panhandle becomes a better public space after each outing of the park stewards, and, as importantly, the community grows with stronger bonds as neighbors and friends work together. This Saturday one new NOPA neighbor, Jared, helped with the work along with his friend, Aaron. Regulars included Doug, Dawn, and her dogs, Frankie and Smokey.