11 Aug 2017 Preparing The Park For Sod
While working in the City of Woodland Hills park I watched a white van with a State of Utah seal on the side pull up. A couple of boys and two men came out. They were carrying garbage bags and they proceeded to pick up bits of trash they found around the park. My curiosity was piqued so when I greeted them I asked what brought them to Woodland Hills. The leader of the group, Michael Howard, explained that these young men were filling court-ordered community service hours. The youth don’t receive money, but they are given credit for hours worked. Mr. Howard is a Deputy Probation Officer for the Fourth District Juvenile Court. He asked about the project I was working on and I explained it was community service to beautify the park. He asked if he and the young men could help. I was thrilled by the offer so I gratefully accepted. The group immediately picked up shovels and rakes and went to work digging out rocks from the park in preparation for laying sod. The young men had worked for several hours when they said they had to go but they said they would return the next day with their own tools.
The next day they appeared on schedule and four young men went straight to work cleaning out rocks from the side of the park trail. There was no fooling around. These guys meant business and with just a little encouragement from Mr. Howard they literally moved tons of rocks in a few hours. We enjoyed chatting with them, but it was clear that chatting could not be allowed to distract them from the assigned work.
A project I thought would take weeks was finished in two days. Jacob Meuter, a local Boy Scout, and several of his friends also put in hours working on the project. Everyone’s help was an answer to our prayers and a great service to our community.