Volunteers will help paint lifeguard towers and clean up Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey as part of the California State Parks Foundation’s 15th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup.

The foundation is hosting a total of 19 environmental improvement projects at parks statewide for the event.

In celebration of the 15th anniversary, the parks foundation is providing grants up to $15,000 (a combination of cash grants and in-kind donations) to parks, allowing for the completion of larger projects that would otherwise be placed on the state’s maintenance backlog, an event spokesperson said. With park closures and continued budget cuts looming for state parks this year, volunteers are more important than ever to keep the parks clean and safe for all to visit and enjoy, according to the foundation.

“For 15 years, the Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup has brought communities together to beautify and preserve California’s state parks,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California State Parks Foundation. “Our treasured state parks need this yearly cleanup, especially at a time when environmental improvement and maintenance projects are significantly delayed or eliminated due to continued budget challenges.”

The Dockweiler effort has received a grant from Chevron. During the event, over 200 volunteers will help repaint 21 lifeguard towers and clean up debris along the beach. State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Marina del Rey) is among those scheduled to participate.

The cleanup is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12501 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey.

Since 1998, the statewide Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program has involved more than 76,000 participants who have contributed over 318,000 volunteer hours. The projects have raised nearly $6.1 million for park maintenance and improvements, and more than $4 million has been raised for the Earth Day program throughout California, according to the parks foundation.

To volunteer, (888) 98-PARKS or www.calparks.org. Parking fees are waived for Earth Day volunteers.

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