Chuck Farrugia - Help McLaren Park

2015 Volunteer of the Year

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Chuck Farrugia is a champion for McLaren Park, the 317 acre gem on the southern side of the City that is undergoing a transformation and gaining recognition as a great park in the system.  He and his wife Trilce formed Help McLaren Park in 2006  to confront the neglect and negative activities happening in the park and have made massive changes including the Gambier Street Plaza, the new Peru Street Playground, and cleanups at McNab Lake and Louis Sutter Playground. 

Chuck grew up in the neighborhood and has an obvious passion for McLaren Park - he is there most days with his two young children!  He is a firefighter with SF Fire Department and actively recruits volunteers to help with several work days a month, pancake breakfast fundraisers, and writing letters.

Chuck's continued advocacy ensured that McLaren Group Picnic Area will get a new playground from the Failing Playgrounds funding and that the 2012 Bond Funds dedicated to McLaren Park will have huge impacts. 

The $5,000 Volunteer of the Year award to Help McLaren Park will support a new art project at McNab Lake- an amazing mosaic tile of three SF Garter snakes.  "Kids who use Louis Sutter playground will soon have a beautiful artistic and colorful rendition of the snakes and their habitat on an old gray and rather drab cement wall that envelopes the lake," says Chuck.  Volunteers can help create the mosaic on three weekends in June 2015 - see https://doodle.com/zfi69cn4us7zrmvy to sign up.

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