Community members chose to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday in Richmond by teaming up with the “Watershed Project” to help clean the Point Pinole Shoreline.
One of the largest parks in the East Bay Regional Park District, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline features over 100 species of bird in a myriad of habitats within its 2,315 acres.
The eucalyptus woodlands, originally planted as a buffer against potential explosions from a dynamite factory that existed at the time, now shelter wildlife such as deer, hawks, owls, Monarch butterflies and many other species.
Nearly 100 volunteers walked the 12-mile trail picking up trash, recyclables and large planks of wood. Other volunteers helped to remove mounds of ice plant, which can overwhelm the marshland and other areas if it is not removed.
Local youth from First AME Church in Oakland participated in the community service activity and bagged more than seven large bags of ice plant. Fulfilling a church initiative, the youth made the MLK holiday “a day on and not a day off”.
For more information about the Watershed Project and other community activities, visit www.thewatershedproject.org