Students Help Create Park

Photo of Heritage Park

Volunteers work at the Heritage Park site. Photo courtesy of Redlands Helping Hands Community Day of Service Facebook page.

University of Redlands students became part of history when they worked to create Heritage Park during the Helping Hands Community Day of Service.

The new park sits between Nevada and Iowa Streets in Redlands, and was built in honor of the city’s 125th anniversary. On April 27, after doing extensive prep work earlier in the month, about 20 University of Redlands students joined hundreds of community members to build the park and clean up the site around it.

“We worked mainly at the Grove School,” Erin Sanborn, associate director of Community Service Learning, said. “We removed hedges around the driveway, removed grass from the orchard and plants from the planters, cleared away scraps, and re-planted the planters. These were hard tasks, and incredibly important.”

The group contributed several hours of work to the project, staying longer than planned to get everything done.

“They were so committed to finishing, it was so wonderful,” Sanborn said. “They were a force to be reckoned with.”

For many of the students, it was the first time they had participated in a Community Service Learning activity.

“We saw a lot of new faces this time,” Sanborn said. “I was a little nervous, since it was close to the end of the semester, and I wasn’t sure how strong of a turnout we would get, but it was definitely a diverse group. We had a mix of students.”

For those who are interested, there will be several opportunities to volunteer around Redlands this summer.

“We get calls constantly from the community,” Sanborn said. “People will call asking for help, or to say that they had volunteers back out and are in need of replacements. Our students are really good about getting a last minute call, and making an effort to show up and help.

Posted: May 16, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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