Earth Day was a SUCCESS!

April 22nd was Earth Day and along with 40 other state parks across California we received a grant from the California State Parks Foundation to complete overdue environmental improvement projects and facility maintenance.  This year we were awarded $4,000 which was spent (practically to the penny) on plants, both native and ornamental for the 12-acre Historic District, red paint for curbs at the Pelican Point lots, painting supplies for the green gates at the entrances to both Los Trancos and the Historic District, paint for our tidepool banner art project, concrete, trowels, and blowers to repair the ramps leading to the beach, grinders and sanding discs to sand and stain the monument signs, paintbrushes and trays, buckets and gloves.

Along with trash bags for those volunteers cleaning the beach, and cactus pads for those hardy folk planting this native succulent off-trail, 275 volunteers joined park staff in an “all hands on deck” event.   We even had our energetic trail crew trimming some of the overgrown single-track trails in the backcountry (and on a very warm Saturday morning.)  As in years past, PEETS Coffee generously donated morning coffee and pastries and Subway delivered 250 sandwiches for our hungry and hard-working crew. Earth Day is a major undertaking and not only do the volunteers enjoy the intrinsic value of this physical work, but immediately see the fruit of their labor.  More so, projects are completed that would not likely make it to the top of the priority list.  Earth Day is a “win win” for the volunteers, the staff and the park.

A special thank you to park maintenance worker Vickie Price, interpreter Alex Anderson, and Volunteer Extraordinaire Richard Swinney for their hours of behind-the-scenes planning and we can’t forget our Crystal Cove State Park’s Interpretative Naturalist, Winter Bonnin for running this successful event and writing this wonderful article!

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