By Jill Tucker
To the untrained eye, the small patch of land at the edge of San Francisco’s Crocker-Amazon Playground looked tidy, with a row of olive trees, some patches of green ground cover and a pretty bush with purple flowers.
But the half dozen high school kids armed with gloves and garden loppers saw a lot of work to do.
They weren’t just normal teenagers. They were official Greenagers, with city-issued T-shirts to prove it.
The teens were selected after a rigorous application process to participate in the Recreation and Park Department nine-month program and paid $100 a month for three Saturdays of “beautification and habitat restoration” in city parks in the southeast neighborhoods of San Francisco.
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