I live near Windsong Park and I rode my bike down there to avoid having another car on the street. I got my name tag, and my wrist band and joined group 4 (which really didn't exist) so I took the role of 'utility player'. It didn't take long before I saw that we could use the aid of my wheelbarrow. I was able to get city manager, Gary Nordquist, to give me a ride in his truck to go pick it up. Thanks Gary.
Now, I could sit here and delineate the things that were less than optimum... so let's have at it.
• Plants that weren't marked.
(sorry, I don't know most of those obscure plants, and especially not by their botanical names)
• Most of the volunteers were too old for the job
(I sure know that I was)
• Most of us had no idea where to place the plants
(I never was very good at mind reading)
• As was predicted, the ground was rock hard
Now let me report the things I saw that were positive.
• People coming together for the betterment of our community
I had a chance to meet many people from the area. Many that I'd interacted with on FaceBook, but hadn't yet had a chance to meet and say hello to.
• Elected and appointed city officials getting their hands dirty
|Bobby Swann and Tim Walker manning the post-hole digger|
I can only imagine how sore Wildomar's mayor must be after he was manning the post-hole digger as long as he was. Imagine a mayor like LA's former guy, Tony Villar, errr.... I mean Antonio Villlaraigosa at such a thing. He'd have done nothing more than be there for a photo op.
|Mayor Walker and other volunteers|
Tim Walker was doing hard work, and had he not taken the initiative to get the post-hole digger, nearly nothing could have been done at Windsong Park.
Later in the day I drove by the other parks.
It was a good step forward for the parks, and I'm sure that those that participated —sore as they/we were afterward, are richer for the experience.
I nearly forgot to mention