As thousands of volunteers take to the City’s streets and parks this Saturday for the community’s Sixth Annual Day of Service, the City will enact street closures along Redlands Boulevard Friday and again on Saturday.
On Friday, April 25, City crews will begin two-hour rolling street closures along sections of Redlands Boulevard, beginning at 8 a.m., between Highland Avenue and Ford Street. Closures will continue from 10 a.m. to noon between Highland and Palm Avenues; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. between Cypress and Palm Avenues; and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. between Palm and Fern Avenues.
Volunteer crews will be delivering mulch and other materials along the shoulder of the road for use on Saturday, April 26, when additional volunteer groups will be clearing and landscaping the shoulders and median of the boulevard.
The closure times are approximate and as work is completed in each section the group may move to the next section ahead of schedule.
On Saturday, April 26, Redlands Boulevard will be closed from Ford Street to Fern Avenue beginning at 5:30 a.m. and continuing through 3 p.m.
Along the two-mile stretch of Redlands Boulevard, volunteers will clear and replace plants in the median, plant trees, mulch the median and shoulders and pick up trash. The City prepared for the project more than a week ago, contracting to trim all the trees along the stretch of road.
The Volunteer Day of Service has become an annual event, after the stunning success of past years. Planning takes nearly a year with the City and the Redlands Service Club Council in partnership with Mormon Helping Hands.
Additional volunteers will spread out weeding, planting, mulching, painting and repairing at Heritage Park on Orange Avenue, between Nevada and Iowa streets, the site of last year’s massive volunteer effort; Israel Beal Park, on River View Drive, south of the Santa Ana River Wash and west of Orange Street; and Highland Community Park in Highland.
At Israel Beal Park volunteers will remove weeds and tree stumps and replant areas of the park.
At Heritage Park, volunteers have already begun working on irrigation in preparation for Saturday’s efforts, which will add concrete borders and decomposed granite in picnic areas and lay 20,000 square feet of sod.
At Highland Community Park volunteers will replace the baseball infield, repair and repaint backstops and repair trash receptacles.
Most work projects will begin at 8 a.m. at each of the sites, although advance crews have already begun some of the work and may be at each of the sites before the official start time. At noon a free lunch will be provided at each work site by the Kiwanis Club ofRedlands for all the volunteers. For those volunteers working along Redlands Boulevard, lunch will be provided in the parking lot atPathway Church, 611 E. Cypress, at the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Cypress Avenue.
The Redlands Service Club Council was formed in 2008 to offer assistance to the City through cooperative work projects and capital improvements. Working with the City’s Quality of Life Department, the Service Club Council made renovation of Sylvan Park its first major project for 2009. Since then the Service Club Council and Mormon Helping Hands have taken on increasingly ambitious projects at Prospect Park, the Redlands Bowl, landscaping the Redlands Boulevard median, and last year, creating an entire park in a day atHeritage Park.
Individuals, families, community groups, businesses and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the workday. For information or to sign up, visit www.redlandsservice.org or contact City of Redlands Volunteer Services Coordinator Elizabeth Marin at(909) 798-7540. There will also be sign-up stations at each location for those who wish to volunteer on the day of the event. Workers should bring a rake or shovel and wear work gloves.