On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council held their annual Community Service Day at the Fountain Valley Sports Park and Recreation Center. This annual community event brought over 200 volunteers of all ages to the park to help keep Fountain Valley a nice place to live and play.
The hard-working volunteers focused their efforts on the perimeter of the Great Lawn, the frontage road planters along Brookhurst St. and the sloped planter just north of soccer fields A and B. By the end of the day, they had planted 120 flats of Japanese honeysuckle, 70 flats of orange trailing gazanias, and 40 five gallon containers of purple fountain grass; spread 80 cubic yards of mulch around the plantings; and created several large piles of weeds and debris.
We would like to thank the coordinators of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, Jynene Johnson and Lucy Schmauch, along with Glenn Grandis of the Fountain Valley Community Foundation, for their efforts in organizing this important community event. Special thanks to the Fountain Valley Public Works Department, especially staff members Marco Garcia, David Salcedo, Tony Villegas, Robert Vega, Manuel Alonso and Yair Sanchez who came in on Saturday to help direct and assist the volunteers. We would also like to recognize our contract landscape maintenance provider BrightView Landscape Services, Inc. for their efforts. BrightView sent out two of their employees to assist at the event by removing the large piles of debris gathered by the volunteers.
We have had the pleasure of working with the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council for several years and they always show up with large numbers of eager volunteers who are happy to serve the community. In addition to their hard work at the Fountain Valley Sports Park and Recreation Center, they also had volunteers working at the Huntington Beach Wetlands, distributing food to the hungry and providing free haircuts for the homeless. Their strong commitment to improving our local communities is greatly appreciated!