The Rec and Park apprentice gardeners will be working at Dolores Park this week. The new apprenticeship program is the first state certified program for the gardening trade and is an important RPD initiative designed to achieve the best recruitment potential and training of our professional gardener work force. The apprenticeship program is the product of a significant collaboration between SF Rec and Park and Laborer’s Local 261. There are 10 apprentices who will be working with park staff doing a ‘spring tune up’, which includes irrigation repairs, turf renovation, weeding and mulching, as well as string line trimming and pruning. Much of this week’s work has been focused on the western slope areas of the park.