Laith Alagba-Green, 8, raises his hand to get the attention of a volunteer wheeling in a new load of topsoil. Laith and other Port Orchard volunteers spent the morning filling in low spots in the playfield at Central Park. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News 2017)

Laith Alagba-Green, 8, raises his hand to get the attention of a volunteer wheeling in a new load of topsoil. Laith and other Port Orchard volunteers spent the morning filling in low spots in the playfield at Central Park. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News 2017)

Port Orchard’s Community Service Day is April 27

Volunteers: Bring gloves, tools and pick a location

PORT ORCHARD — The City of Port Orchard has put out the call for residents to take part in its second-annual Community Service Day on Saturday, April 27.

Community volunteers weed planter beds at Port Orchard City Hall in 2017. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News 2017)

Community volunteers weed planter beds at Port Orchard City Hall in 2017. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News 2017)

The effort’s goal is to beautify the community by sprucing city parks and public spaces, according to city officials. Last year, volunteers took cold, rainy weather in stride as they helped spread bark, soil, playground chips and cleaned up the city’s shoreline.

Benney Hyde, 7, rakes in topsoil on the playfield at Central Park during Port Orchard Community Service Day in 2017. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News 2017)

Benney Hyde, 7, rakes in topsoil on the playfield at Central Park during Port Orchard Community Service Day in 2017. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News 2017)

Helping out last year were crew members from the city and South Kitsap School District.

At 8 a.m., when volunteers don work clothes and gloves to start work, they’ll be stationed at six community sites.

Those locations include Etta Turner Park, where helpers will pull weeds and spread bark; beach areas from Annapolis to Rockwell Park, where they’ll move small rocks; two South Kitsap school sites, including Cedar Heights Middle School, where volunteers will spread bark; Van Zee Park, where 100 yards of topsoil will be spread and brush removed; and McCormick Village Park, where helpers will take part in trail maintenance, weed removal, spreading wood chips at the dog park and removing rocks from the grass area.

Volunteers are asked to pick a project and bring their gloves and tools needed to get the job done, city organizers said.

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