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May 13, 2014 > EB Regional Park District receives Merit Award

EB Regional Park District receives Merit Award

Submitted By Isa Polt-Jones

The East Bay Regional Park District received a Merit Award for an Outstanding Trail Event at the 29th annual California Trails and Greenways Conference held April 8 Ð 10 in Palm Springs. The award recognized the Multicultural Volunteer Trail Work Day held on August 10, 2013 by the Park DistrictÕs Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program.

The Park DistrictÕs Ivan Dickson Program has held trail maintenance events since 1996 to encourage the community to be good stewards of the trails. Projects include pruning invasive plants and installing trail structures such as retaining walls and steps. For the past three years, the Park District incorporated a multicultural aspect to these events by actively bringing together the varied ethnic communities of the Bay Area. Volunteers ranging from 15 to 70 years of age from the Latino, South Asian, Korean, Chinese and African American communities worked collaboratively in celebration of diversity, hard work, public service, and good fun.

ÒWe hope our event will inspire others in the trail community to get into their neighborhoods and get to know the interesting and diverse communities that call California homeÓ said Trails Development Program Manager Jim Townsend.

This yearÕs Multicultural Volunteer Trail Work Day will be held July 12 at Garin Regional Park in Hayward. All are welcome Ð registration is required as spaces are limited. Register online at: http://www.ebparks.org/getinvolved/volunteer/trail.

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