SF Rec & Park Honors Golden Gate Park Volunteers at Japanese Tea Garden

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SF Rec & Park Honors Golden Gate Park Volunteers at Japanese Tea Garden

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) honored and recognition more than twenty volunteers for their dedication and service of caring for San Francisco’s beloved Japanese Tea Garden today.  The recognition ceremony took place at the Japanese Tea Garden on Friday morning.  Among all the volunteers being recognized, there were Mr. Gordon Cutts and Mr. John Johnson who were especially honored for their outstanding volunteer services. 

“With resources diminishing everyday, RPD relies on volunteers’ help and support more than ever.” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “RPD has received 129,000 volunteer hours in the system up to date and continued to actively recruit volunteers and increase hours.”

For almost five years, Mr. Cutts has dedicated his time and energy toward improving and beautifying Golden Gate Park.  He has helped wherever needed, as many as three days a week, working to remove fallen trees, pulling weeds, planting, removing invasive plants, shearing hedges, cleaning up after visitors, and any task required of him.  Mr. Cutts is unfailing in his enthusiasm and energy, always requesting the most arduous tasks.

As for Mr. John Johnson, for the nearly three years, he has dedicated him time and energy toward improving and beautifying the Japanese Tea Garden and other parts of Golden Gate Park, including the Rhododendron Dell and the Botanical Garden.  Mr. Johnson has weeded, hauled and helped staff in keeping the garden clean.  And with his creative spirit and attention to detail, he has the finer tasks of maintaining a Japanese-style garden.  He has trimmed hedges, pruned and set stones.  Mr. Johnson is very committed to the work, and his contribution makes Japanese Tea Garden a better place.

RPD volunteer opportunities exist in every corner of the city and can accommodate various schedules, interests, and skills. Volunteers can choose from a variety of projects-from individual to group-bases, from one-time to long-term, from indoor to outdoor, from locally focused to city-wide. Volunteer opportunities are available during the week and weekend, year round.

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