EL DORADO HILLS — It was a whole family affair at the Lake Forest Park on Francisco Drive as more than 300 Mormons and community members joined together to distribute mountains of mulch, plant trees and spread decomposed granite on walking trails April 27. A similar project was completed last year at the CSD park.
The project is part of Mormon Helping Hands, an annual statewide day of service and was a joint effort between the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in El Dorado Hills.
“I think of all of this as moving mountains,” said Phil Stamborsky, the CSD parks supervisor. “We don’t have a large crew. This is done so fast. The LDS folks coming out is huge.”
Volunteers as young as three were helping around the park. Tracey Lynn Lowry, an El Dorado Hills resident and CSD employee, was there with her husband and children.
“Every time we come to the park my kids will say, ‘We put out that bark!’” said Lynn Lowry
All across California, other acts of service were performed as part of “Mormon Helping Hands,” a program established in 1998 to bring together church members and their neighbors to provide community service. As El Dorado Hills residents were working at the park, three more Mormon Helping Hands projects were taking place in Folsom at Folsom High School, Lembi Park and the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary.
“”We like our community and we want it served,” said Dan Harrison, president of the Folsom California Stake for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “We feel happy when we’re serving.”