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August 27, 2008 > Eagle Scout candidate organizes Cann Park restoration project

Eagle Scout candidate organizes Cann Park restoration project

Submitted By Nelson Kirk

Cann Memorial Redwood Grove in Union City needed help. The trees had been inundated with Ivy and stressed from the lack of water. Michael Gutierrez of Boy Scout Troop 273, who just returned from the Beijing Olympics as a member of the Logan High School Band, answered the call. As an Eagle Scout project, he organized a group to restore the Cann Memorial Redwood Grove in Cann Park. On Saturday, August 23, after the ivy had been removed and irrigation improved by Union City Public Works, 10 new redwoods and many native ferns were planted to restore the urban forest at Cann Park

In addition to renewing the redwood grove, owl nesting boxes and other amenities are scheduled to be added to the park. Marsh Hawk Day Camp offered each summer by Union City Leisure Services will directly benefit from the shade and beauty of this urban forest. Park users who walk the trails will pass by this nature area and have a bench for rest and reflection.

Recently a memorial plaque was stolen from the grove. This plaque was placed as a memorial to Union City Police Chief Cann who was assassinated in 1974. Michael obtained a digital image of the lost plaque to create a new plaque. Mattos Bras Monument Company in Hayward is donating a new marble plaque and Union City Police will hold a dedication ceremony when Michael's project is complete.

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