Chuck Farrugia - Help McLaren Park
2015 Volunteer of the Year
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.
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
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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