El Dorado Park

Cash Hirsch was one of the many volunteers at Five Winds Ranch.

On Nov. 12, 40 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints showed up to help the city lay 31 pallets of sod on 15,500 square feet at El Dorado Park at Five Winds Ranch. Volunteers came as individuals and as families, with helpers as young as 10 years old.

The volunteers really dug in and worked hard. Each 40-pound roll of sod had to be carried by the volunteers to where it was laid, then carefully positioned so that there were no gaps or overlaps.

The sod is just one part of a much grander plan for Five Winds Ranch. The sod not only makes El Dorado Park look nicer, but it will be used for picnicking and camping when the park opens. Other amenities that will be added to the ranch will be RV and horse camping, hiking, archery, and a special events venue.

The youngest volunteer of the day was Cash Hirsch. At just 10 years old, Hirsch was not afraid of work.

“It was fun,” said Cash, “It was pretty hard. I could barely lift any of the rolls, but I liked seeing the whole entire thing done. It was exciting to see all that grass being laid down by all the people. It was cool.”

Megan Wolfe, director of community services for the city of Yucaipa, concurred.

“The city of Yucaipa would like to thank the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their countless years of hard work and dedication in helping make this community a better place. Because of groups like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are able to provide beautiful parks to the community.”

Volunteers got their hands muddy as they worked quickly and cooperatively for over two hours to see the job completed. Volunteers were treated to hot dogs and Subway sandwiches that were provided by the church and the city.

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