This Saturday, Shimada Friendship Park beckons you.
The beautiful shoreline park, located at Peninsula Drive and Marina Bay Parkway in Richmond, will be ground zero in our city for the “27th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day.” The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and wind down at Noon.
The Watershed Project and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia are teaming up to host the local leg of the statewide California Coastal Cleanup Day event. Local organizers aim to mobilize thousands of volunteers to walk the Bay Trail and the edge of the salt marsh to pick up trash and other debris.
Although cleanup materials will be provided, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable items, i.e. plastic buckets, bags, gloves and water bottles, if possible, and to wear boots or shoes that they don’t mind getting dirty.
Nearby the Shimada Friendship Park Coastal Cleanup Day event will be a concurrent, water-based effort: The aptly-named “Flotsam Flotilla at the Richmond Shoreline,” which will run from 8 a.m. to Noon at Barbara and Jay Vincent Park, San Francisco Bay Water Trail, Richmond.
Volunteers at this event are encouraged to float on up with their kayak or board for a paddle and trash pickup along the shoreline.
Following the water-based effort, the group is invited to meet-up with the other volunteers at Noon at Shimada Friendship Park.
According to Supervisor Gioia in his Sept. 12 eUpdate, “All volunteers are invited to Shimada Friendship Park for a free, healthy lunch at noon” following the cleanup. (Psst, word on the street is that it’ll be BBQ).
Groups of 10 or more volunteers are asked to RSVP by pre-registering online here. Here is a waiver of liability: English / Spanish. For more info about the Shimada Friendship Park-based event, contact Paula White at email@example.com.
For more info about the Vincent Park-based flotilla event, contact John Dye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Kathy Chouteau, email@example.com