South San Francisco Holiday Program Gives New Life to Recycled Tree Trimmings

South San Francisco, CA   December 9, 2014     City Press Releasewreath making 2

South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Improving Public Places (IPP) group, held its second-annual Wreath-Making Workshop on December 7, 2014 at the Joseph A. Fernekes Building in Orange Memorial Park, 781 Tennis Drive. The workshop, which specialized in making decorative holiday wreaths using tree trimmings collected from City trees and shrubs, brought South San Francisco residents together for a family event aimed at raising funds for programs administered by the Parks and Recreation Department. Rather than throwing away tree trimmings, portions of trees and shrubs have been sustainably harvested to provide a fun holiday activity for residents and guests of South San Francisco.

“This workshop is not only a lot of fun,” said Sharon Ranals, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, “but it has also generated over $2,000 for the Improving Public Places group, to be used to beautify public places.  It has become so popular that next year we are thinking of offering two sessions.”

During the workshop, Ranals led participants in wreath-making, providing instruction to an audience of 80, including Councilmember Karyl Matsumoto, who initially co-founded the IPP group. IPP members Shane Looper, Lynn Boldenweck, Sean Garrone and Dave Venturini were also at the workshop, assisting event participants in bow tying and wreath assembly. The Parks and Recreation Department provided basic materials such as wire wreath rings, paddles of florist wire, assorted greens, berries, pinecones, and a variety of decorative ornaments and accents, as well as custom bows made to order to complement each wreath.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.

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