As part of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Day of Service Saturday, June 27th, Mar Vista residents will gather at the site of former Fire Station No. 62 to participate in a community clean-up of the vacant station.

The beautification effort is a community service project of the Mar Vista Community Council’s Old Fire Station Ad Hoc Committee in conjunction with the citywide Day of Service.

When the new Fire Station 62 opened on Venice Boulevard last year, the former firehouse at 3631 Centinela Ave. was decommissioned, due to the fact that its dimensions were too small for modern fire apparatus, said Sharon Commins, co-chair of the ad hoc committee.

Graffiti vandals have targeted the vacant building, debris remains strewn around the premises and weeds on the property have grown considerably, committee members note.

Participants will be asked to remove litter and trash from the inside of the building. The property will also be weeded and planters’ beds in the front of the structure will be prepared for simple water-wise landscaping.

The community council is considering what would be the best use for the vacant building. A majority of residents in an earlier survey indicated that they favor a community center at the site, while others have suggested that a senior housing complex be built there.

Protective masks and light rubber gloves will be provided at the clean-up. Proper protective clothing, such as long pants and sleeves and heavy work or gardening gloves, are recommended.

Shovels, push brooms, rakes, small gardening implements and five-gallon buckets are requested. Donations of plain brown cardboard pieces with plastic tape removed are also needed for the planter beds.

Information, (310) 390-2644.