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On April 23, 2011 approximately 200 people from 12 different groups participated in clean-up and beautification projects all over Mill Valley. Along the Bayfront Park, a combined effort of several groups including Mill Valley Rotary Club and the Mill Valley Middle School worked to remove invasive plants and restore the area with native species. Lead by Parks Superintendent Rick Misuraca, over a hundred volunteers donated their time and energy to pull invasive ice plant and put new native plants in the ground.
On Miller Avenue, teams of Bloomathon volunteers patrolled the sidewalks and medians for debris. At Park Terrace Park, Mill Valley StreamKeeper volunteers picked up trash, removed invasive species and cut the flowering heads off of hundreds of invasive sedge plants.
The Redwoods group collected bags of garbage along Camino Alto, behind Safeway, along the creek, and behind the Methodist Church. Students from Old Mill School walked from their school to the Plaza picking up trash along the way.
Cub Scout Pack 34 spruced up Boyle Park, around Scout Hall, and the baseball fields. Marin ReLeaf led a tree planting effort in Boyle Park, and dedicated the trees to the memory of Marin County Supervisor Charles McGlashan, who passed away earlier this year.
Homeowners associations also got into the action: Members of the Tamalpais-Magee Neighborhood Association led a big clean-up and trail maintenance project on the Oak Lane Staircase as well. Al Willard, project leader, was happy to report that although they removed bags and bags of invasive thistle and broom, they only found one piece of trash!
The Friends of the Bayfront Meadow weeded the meadow and planted native plants to restore important habitat along the waterfront. The Girl Scouts removed large piles of trash from Goodman’s Marsh as well. Students and parents from Strawberry Point School spruced up their school garden with planting and weeding projects.
At the downtown Plaza, many volunteers arrived to clean up downtown. Vice-Mayor Garry Lion pulled weeds out of planters and cleaned the sidewalks around the downtown area. Many small groups of volunteers stopped by to lend a hand as well, patrolling the local streets to pick up trash and recycling.
From noon to 2:00 pm visitors at the Plaza visited information booths and displays from the City of Mill Valley, the Marine Mammal Center, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Mill Valley StreamKeepers.
Thank you to all the groups that participated in the event and thank you to the event planners and volunteers: Liz Greer, Carrie Sherriff, Burnett Tregoning, Dede Sabbag, Roberta Keller, and Betsy Bikle. Your commitment to Mill Valley is inspiring!
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