Yesterday was a work day at El Chorro Dog Park. The park is run by SLO-4-PUPs , a non-profit member of SLOPOST, is financed by private donations and is maintained by many hard-working volunteers.
On this day, there was a donor bench to be moved, which involved digging its heavy cement footing out of what had now turned into bone dry, cement-like adobe soil, a slow, pick-and-shovel-buckets-of –water project that was headed up by the park’s #1 go-to lady -- Addie.
Anthony Aurgnac and Clark Cali, Two young men from Mission Prep School soon arrived to volunteer. Mission Prep requires that all their students dedicate a certain number of hours for service/community work and we were very grateful to have them come help. In short order they moved and re-laid pavers and moved a heavy picnic table on top to create a new seating arrangement under the trees.
Then the cavalry arrived.
Yup. The C’s. They’re a fabulous group of young people who are training for future careers in forestry, engineering, park administration, firefighting, and conservation , while working like Trojans improving all our wonderful parks and trails.
They review the day’s plans and soon the heavy lifting begins. The bench is moved and replanted.
And, of course, had to be given a test drive.
And, since it’s the dog park, where the entire area has to be covered with wood chips since there’s no water for grass, the rest of the afternoon was spent . . .
Mulch hurling. Lots of mulch hurling. Followed by a well deserved snack break.
And, of course, all work being done was inspected by Lucky, the official El Chorro Dog Park Supervising Beagle. Nothing escapes his placid gaze. Unless he’s taking a nap.
So, on this beautiful Sunday, grab your dog, or borrow one from your neighbor, and come on out to El Chorro and see some of the changes we’re making, with more to come.