Romancing the Creek seeks volunteers for Feb. 10 event

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Four days before Valentine’s Day, local residents are encouraged to provide some love and care to Redwood Creek.

The annual Romancing the Creek event is set to take place Feb. 10. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at the Peninsula Yacht Club at 1536 Maple St. at 9 a.m. The event runs until 1 p.m. and includes breakfast and cleaning supplies.

Organizer David McCallum says he and other Docktown residents have for years organized clean up efforts that pull about 6,000 pounds of plastics every year. On one day, 38 shopping carts were pulled from creek areas, he said. At last year’s Romancing the Creek, nearly 100 people collected 2,700 pounds of trash, organizers said.

Redwood Creek is buried underground in downtown Redwood City, having been paved over in the 1920s. While out of sight, the creek picks up a lot of debris that runs off into the Bay, McCallum said.

For 18 years, local residents have worked to clean up the site, in part by holding volunteer events that have attracted participation from local businesses, police and the city’s public works officials, McCallum said. On Earth Day, about 200 volunteers showed up for a clean up event.

The above photo, taken from last year’s Romancing the Creek event, was posted in the event’s Facebook page.