BCR invites community to Earth Week cleanup

Photo Courtesy of BCR. EARLY START: Biologist/Marine Biologist Benjamin Kay and young son Cody did their part to clean during the February Cleanup. Volunteers gather once a month to maintain the creek as clean as possible.

The Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) and the Office of Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin-CD11 invite the community to the Ballona Creek Cleanup on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to Noon.

The Earth Week Ballona Creek Cleanup! Will have volunteers meet at Centinela Avenue at Milton Street in Los Angeles, in Del Rey between Culver Boulevard and the I-90/Marina Freeway.

BCR welcomes the partnership and hands-on participation of LA City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office and Culver City High School’s BCR Club. BCR conducts Zero Waste cleanups and appreciates everyone’s help in making this successful.

The community is asked to join volunteers of all ages in this fun and worthwhile activity where the inland water and incoming tide meet, a special place of fish, birds, plants—yet still too much trash and concrete.

This event is also a great way for students to earn community service credits. As with all creek and coastal cleanups, participants under 18 need waiver forms signed by their parent or guardian, available either on-site or online at www.ballonacreek.org. Adult volunteers also need to sign waivers.

It is recommended that attendees wear closed-toed shoes (preferably water-resistant) and sunscreen. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own water in a reusable container. Water also will be available at the event, along with bags, grabbers, gloves, buckets, and educational displays. Arrive by bike or car. For attendees that decide to drive, parking is available on Milton Street, Centinela Avenue, or Culver Drive.

BCR’s Centinela Avenue creek cleanups are made possible by the ongoing support and permission of Los Angeles County Public Works/Flood Control District and L.A. City Council District 11/Councilman Mike Bonin and the active co-sponsorship of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and Los Angeles City Office of Community Beautification.

In case of rain, the date changes to Saturday, May 9. For details about creek cleanups and other activities and to sign up for the BCR ENews, go online to www.ballonacreek.org and www.facebook.com/ballonacreekrenaissance.