(LONG BEACH; June 25th, 2012) – Continuing in their quest to help sustain the natural habitat at one of El Dorado Park’s most beautiful lakes, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, the Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands Taskforce, and several community volunteers will participate in an El Dorado East Regional “Tour and Lake Clean Up” of Area 3 this Wednesday, June 27th at 5:30 pm, located at 7550 East Spring Street, Long Beach, CA.
Volunteers will pick up garbage, extract hazardous fishing line, and help place mulch in areas where grass and weeds had been removed to allow newly planted plants and shrubs to grow unimpeded. Theresa Maceyka, the Superintendent of Grounds Maintenance for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, will first take volunteers on a tour to show the improvements made to the lake’s surroundings.
“The lake in Area 3 of El Dorado East Regional Park is really starting to flourish thanks to the help of our community volunteers and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine,” says Councilwoman Schipske. “This tour and lake clean up is meant to help sustain the natural habitat of the lake. Thanks to this effort, birds are able to return to migrate and nest, and ducks now have their own space to raise their young and feed without getting caught in fishing line”.
Councilwoman Schipske’s Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands taskforce was instrumental in first identifying the failing health of the lake, and responded by notifying the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. As a result, major improvements were made to the lake that included the removal of concrete to make room for natural wildlife, creation of Fish Dens, diverting of waste, planting of trees and shrubs, and the addition of mulch to oxygenate the ground and help conserve water. This latest clean up effort is meant to continue the process of ensuring the environmental well being of the lake in Area 3.
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine will provide shovels, gloves and small hand tools so that volunteers are able to work comfortably. Mulch piles will be at opposite ends of the lake so that volunteers can help fill areas where weeds and unwanted grass had been removed. During the tour, display boards, complete with before and after photographs, will be on hand to illustrate the improvements made to the lake.
Volunteers are asked to enter the park from Spring Street and drive to the South End of Area 3. At the gate, they can inform the parking attendant of their attendance to the El Dorado Lake Tour and Clean Up in Area 3. Parking fees will be waived, and parking spaces will be provided at the Bridge Crossing.
For more information on Councilwoman Schipske’s El Dorado East Regional “Tour and Lake Clean Up” of Area 3, or on the Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands Taskforce, please call the Offices of Councilwoman Schipske at 562-570-6932, or email