Hats off to volunteers
On Saturday, Jan. 18, 315 volunteers of all ages, in a day of service, launched the Alameda Community Garden in the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park by weeding, mulching, and building planter boxes and compost bins. They also painted a mural, tiles and signage at the site located just behind the Food Bank near the intersection of Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue. The project was coordinated by the office of Supervisor Wilma Chan and the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department. The participants were provided a pizza lunch. The atmosphere during this effort was electric with excitement as these dedicated volunteers eagerly and enthusiastically engaged in a multitude of tasks and were rewarded with rich learning experiences while accomplishing impressive results in an inspiring sense of community. At the same time this project was proceeding on the west end of the park, Barbara Rasmussen and volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints were doing additional work painting the historic Alameda Belt Line office buildings located at the east end of the park at Sherman Street. This project, which they began last spring and extended over the summer, was remarkable in reducing deterioration, eliminating an eyesore, and generating interest and excitement in the development of the park. Their constancy and devotion are greatly appreciated.