Hundreds of volunteers from the Church at Rocky Peak joined local residents at six sites throughout West Hills on Nov. 5, filling approximately 230 large bags with weeds, trash and debris from Woodlake Avenue, Valley Circle Boulevard, Roscoe Boulevard and other streets.
The volunteers also worked on landscaping projects at the West Hills Post Office and at the Pomelo Drive and Nevada Street elementary schools.
Reeyan Raynes, co-chair of the West Hills Neighborhood Council’s Beautification Committee, said the event was the committee’s final project in competing for the 2016 CleanStreetsLA Challenge, which uses grants to reward communities that take steps to resolve chronic community beautification issues like illegal dumping, litter and weeds.
“Thank you to our friends at the Church at Rocky Peak and all the amazing volunteers who made this day a success!” Raynes said afterward. He also thanked the Canoga Park-West Hills Chamber of Commerce for its support.
Olivia Naturman, the WHNC board member who served as the site captain for post office landscaping project, thanked the United States Postal Service for partnering with the community to improve the appearance of its facility. Naturman also thanked Home Depot’s West Hills store for donating hundreds of dollars’ worth of plants and the Los Angeles City Department of Sanitation for its contribution of a truck full of mulch.
Other site captains were Beautification Committee Co-Chair Tony Brosamle (Woodlake Avenue), Tom Booth (Valley Circle Boulevard), Brad Vanderhoof (Roscoe Boulevard), Reeyan Raynes (Nevada Avenue Elementary) and Aida Abkarians (Pomelo Elementary).
Following the Nov. 5 activities, residents of the community were invited to help themselves to free leftover mulch from “Mount West Hills” on the grounds of the post office.
“We need the public’s continued help in keeping our community free of debris, trash and weeds by participating in our monthly community cleanups and our #MyLA311 campaign,” Raynes said.
For details about the Beautification Committee, click here to visit its web page.