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Ocean Friendly Day of Service

Ocean-Friendly Rain and Community Garden Project for MLK Day of Service 2016

Release Date: 2016-01-07

"Demo Day" - Sunday, January 10th, 2016
Shift I: 3 hrs (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Shift II: Shift II: 3 hrs (12:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

"Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service" - Monday, January 18th, 2016
Shift I: 4 hours (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Shift II: 3 hours (12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Our "Demo Day" will serve as preparation for the "MLK Day of Service", focusing on the removal of dirt, grassroots, and other debris from areas within the field office landscape. Preparation for a potential community garden will also be made, clearing the designated area (rear of District 9 field office) of operation, removal of a tree stump, weeds, and other unwanted fauna.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and commitment to service, our "Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service" includes: propagation/ planting of trees, shrubs, and drought-tolerant, native plants, application of a paper-sheet barrier that will be covered with mulch, construction of bioswales within specified parkway space, and solidification of our ocean-garden as a "Monarch Butterfly Way station". Monarch Way stations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Completion of the project will also reduce our landscape's water-footprint, flooding at the intersection of Gundry and 65th, increased removal of silt and pollution from surface runoff water (bioswales) and supply of ecosystem services, and improved visual aesthetic through creative design.

Upon completion of the effort, lunch will be served at the field office. Take part in shaping what sustainability means for District 9, as we look to set an example through this project!

For any specific questions regarding the project dates or landscape designs, email: darrell.patterson@longbeach.gov or call Darrell Everett Patterson Jr. at (562) 570-6137.