PLNU Lends a Hand with Facelift

Friday, October 21, 2011

On Oct. 15, 180 volunteers from PLNU participated in a collaborative community project to restore the urban Swan Canyon in City Heights. 

Each year, the locally-based FaceLift committee selects a one-block radius in the City Heights area to receive a makeover during a one-day event held in June and in the fall. 

The group spent the day weeding, adding mulch, and cleaning to create a safe entrance into Swan Canyon so children can walk safely to school. The group loaded truckloads of large rocks and boulders to outline a trail and dug holes and installed a fence around the mouth of the canyon so trucks can no longer back up and dump their trash there. 

They also weeded and cleared a large median to be ready for native plants to be planted. 

Another group worked in the front yard of one house with a landscape artist who donated a design for a low-income family. The students weeded and dug to create a path through the rocky yard.

"It’s inspiring to work with the younger generation and see their commitment to making the world a better place!” said Project Clean Coordinator Linda Pennington. 

 PLNU joined FaceLift City Heights, San Diego CanyonLands, CRASH, Inc. (Community Resources and Self Help), and the Ocean Discovery Institute in cleaning and beautifying the canyon. 

“As always, PLNU rocks!" said Amanda Moss, FaceLift co-chair. "I truly hope they know how much their efforts are appreciated.”

"It was a great day of working alongside each other and helping our neighbors in City Heights," said Becky Modesto, PLNU director of community ministries. "This event has always built a lot of bridges in the community.  Everyone joins in and works together and in the end strangers have become friends and a neighborhood is united."