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At 9 o’clock on Saturday morning a group of Park Champions met at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Lead by Park Champions Core Leader Stephen Van Lydegraf, they and AmeriCorps Team Silver 1 picked up their drop cloths, ladders, paint, brushes and rollers, and began painting the exterior of the Johnson Bakery. During Allensworth’s heyday, bakery owner, Mattie Johnson not only sold bread and other baked goods to the Allensworth residents, she also sold bread to the surrounding communities.
After completing the bakery, the volunteers went to work on the planter area at the visitors Center. They dug up the old soil, the dead and dying plants, and the rotting rail ties. To finish the project, they laid down a new bed of top soil.
After completing the two projects of the day, the volunteers sat down together for lunch. Then, State Park Interpreters Steve Ptomey and Jerelyn Oliveira lead the volunteers on a tour of the park’s historic building.
To see more photos of the Park Champions and AmeriCorps Team Silver 1 in action visit the California State Parks Foundation’s Flickr page.
Material and tools for the work day were provided by the California State Parks Foundation’s Park Champions Program; a program founded in response to unprecedented budget cuts facing California state parks. The volunteer program provides consistent, sustainable, ongoing volunteer support to park staff.
A big thank you goes out to the park champions, AmeriCorps Team Silver 1 and the California State Parks Foundation.
For more information about future work days at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park or at other California state parks contact the Park Champions Program Manager, Phoebe Oelheim at email@example.com or call (415) 262-4400.