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On April 24, 2010 approximately 150 people from 15 different groups participated in clean-up and beautification projects all over Mill Valley.
Along the Bayfront park, a combined effort of several groups, including Bloomathon, Mill Valley Rotary Club and Mill Valley StreamKeepers, worked to remove invasive plants and restore the area with native species. Lead by Parks Superintendent Rick Misuraca, over a dozen volunteers donated their time and energy to put new native plants in the ground.
“The volunteers worked hard, and the plants look great,” said Misuraca.
On Miller Avenue, teams of Bloomathon volunteers patrolled the sidewalks and medians for debris. By the Terwilliger Marsh, volunteers pulled weeds and spruced up the area around the sign that marks the marsh. At Park Terrace Park, 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 and Park School walked from their schools to the Plaza picking up trash along the way. One group of four Old Mill School third grade girls collected 111 cigarette butts in their one-hour cleanup walk.
Cub Scouts of Old Mill Elementary and Mt. Tam, Pack 1 spruced up Sycamore Park and also received a visit from Camp Edmo – a hands-on science program for kids.
Adventurous members of the group Baby Boot Camp also participated in the clean up – with babies and toddlers in jogging strollers, these fit moms and dads jogged from the Plaza up into the hills and back again, working out and picking up trash and recyclables along the way.
Homeowners associations also got into the action: Eucalyptus Knolls residents spruced up the grounds around their homes and extended their cleanup out to Sunrise Point and the bayfront area. 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!
At the downtown Plaza, several groups converged to clean up downtown. Kathy Severson, CEO of the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce 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.
Along with participating in the clean-up, Jeff Hvid provided us with a recycled art installation in the Plaza – several silhouette cut-outs made of recycled materials. Jeff also trekked up above Camino Alto to clean one of the fire roads that used to lead to an unofficial dump. Jeff removed at least 100 lbs of trash from the site, including old tires, yards of old irrigation pipes, old bottles, cans and a rusty stove.
From noon to 2:00 pm visitors at the Plaza visited information booths and displays from the City of Mill Valley, Green Sangha, Camp Edmo, the Wildcare Education Van and the Marine Mammal Center Whale Bus. Prizes, donated by Whole Foods, were awarded for the best “Zero Waste Lunch" and most “Unusual Piece of Trash.”
Thank you to all the groups that participated or donated to the event: Baby Boot Camp, Bloomathon, City of Mill Valley, Cub Scouts of Old Mill Elementary and Mt. Tam Pack 1, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, Old Mill School, Park school, The Redwoods, Eucalyptus Knoll Homeowners Association, Tamalpais - Magee Neighborhood Association, Mill Valley StreamKeepers, Mill Valley Rotary Club, Terwilliger Marsh volunteers, Camp Edmo, Whole Foods, Wildcare, and the Marine Mammal Center.
Thank you to the event planners: Carrie Sherriff, Burnett Tregoning, Dede Sabbag, and Betsy Bikle. Your commitment to Mill Valley is inspiring!