V-O-Cal commits to their 9th annual trail building project
SAN FRANCISCO – Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal), in conjunction with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, will lead a weekend volunteer project in which 100 volunteers will upgrade about half a mile of trail in Glen Canyon Park. The event also includes camping overnight, sun showers, and having hot meals in the park.
“V-O-Cal is one of our premier volunteer groups that really goes above and beyond in taking ownership of their park,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “We’re lucky to have had this partnership with V-O-Cal over the last 10 years and are pleased to give them the opportunity to campout in the place where they’ve done so much good work.”
Beginning Friday evening (and through the weekend), along with Rec & Park Natural Resources Program, V-O-Cal will construct three new sections of trail contributing to the 2.5 mile trail connection from Glen Park Recreation Center to the Mt. Sutro Open Space by way of Twin Peaks. Two of these trails are part of the popular Creeks to Peaks Trail.
“V-O-Cal volunteers always look forward to the annual partnership with SF Rec & Park’s Natural Areas Program (NAP). SF Rec & Park is an outstanding partner, identifying rewarding work that makes a real difference,” said Cathy Moyer, V-O-Cal’s Executive Director. “The NAP staff has to do a lot of prep in advance of these projects, and they work their collective tails off during the project weekend. We feel fortunate that despite all that extra effort, they keep inviting us back.”
Glen Canyon Park is a natural area and large urban canyon that has incredible spring wildflower displays, dramatic rock (chert) formations, and Islais Creek, one of the few remaining free-flowing creeks in San Francisco. This 60 acres of wilderness, formerly referred to as the San Miguel Hills, not only provides critical habitat for a wide array of wildlife, but serves as a relaxing sanctuary from the city’s urban bustle. An extensive network of hiking trails leads through a variety of habitats, from the lush creekside vegetation to the rocky grass- and scrublands of the canyon’s steep eastern slope, where a profusion of wildflowers blooms each spring.
Glen Canyon is also home to a recreation center (currently in the middle of a $12 million renovation), sports field, and tennis courts which make up the final 10 acres of the park.
For more information, visit: http://sfrecpark.org/event/help-v-o-cal-build-trails-on-twin-peaks/.