Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

MLK Day of Service volunteers

Volunteers around the Golden Gate National Parks joined in a Day of Service to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 17. Volunteers from the Gay and Lesbian Sierrans, along with other community members worked in the gardens trimming back Agave americana, clipping Fuchsia ‘Rose of Castile’, and pulling weeds – oxalis, grasses and invasive blackberries – from the laundry terraces. While views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge eluded us in the morning, everyone worked tirelessly in the light fog. With the group effort, three heaping piles of weeds were pulled and hauled away in the trusty garden vehicle and will be composted.

 One lucky volunteer, Sabrina, definitely picked the right place to weed when she found a marble amongst all the weeds. Similar to finding a needle in a haystack, you never know what artifacts will turn up next. Another volunteer working alongside Sabrina demonstrated her luck by finding chicken bones, most likely takeout from the many seagulls visiting Pier 39.

Sabrina holding a found marble. Photo by Shelagh Fritz

Finding a marble in the gardens. Photo by Shelagh Fritz

Thank you to all the volunteers that came out to participate in the projects around the Golden Gate. Many of the projects filled up quickly, again showing how dedicated people in the Bay Area are for giving back to their community.

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One Response to Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

  1. Jeff Davis says:

    We were on the island on Jan 10th and Shelagh was gracious enough to give us a great tour! The size and challenges and diversity of the spaces that are planted are amazing–they speak for themselves. I loved seeing daffodils in mid-Jan, quite a treat.

    I bet to the average visitor they don’t see the work that goes into keeping everything looking so good, but we were very much impressed with how tidy and well maintained things are. Great job, I hope to come back in a few years and see things in the fall. Thanks again Shelagh.