Rotarians build community with sweat equity

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Auburn-area Rotary Clubs spent Saturday tackling a variety of community projects as part of the worldwide Rotarians at Work service day. Downtown Rotary Club of Auburn focused efforts on the School Park Preserve community garden behind city hall. Members worked on the installation of irrigation and electrical systems, construction of a roadway to the upper portion of the garden as well as building pathway and paver areas, and adding 60 cubic yards of topsoil. “We planned on getting the pavers in and getting ready for planting in a couple of weeks, and I think we’ll accomplish that today,” project coordinator Dave Chappell said. Rotary Club of Auburn members assisted the Placer County Parks Department in the renovation of North Park, on Parkway Drive off Dry Creek Road where the 49 Fire did extensive damage to fencing, trees and shrubs. Efforts at the park included replacing the split rail fence, installing a rock garden border, planting 80 gallon-size plants and spreading 100 cubic yards of bark into the tot playground. Gold Country Rotary worked at Rock Creek School, installing a sidewalk, building sandboxes and painting portions of the playground. Members also coordinated a food drive to benefit the Interfaith food Closet. Daybreak Rotary sponsored a recycling drop-off at the Tire Warehouse parking lot, located at Highway 49 and Locksley Lane. Rotary’s work day was supported by numerous local merchants who donated time and materials, members said in a press release. ~ Staff report