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Maren Smith, left, and Michelle Toolson are among the more than 30 volunteers who worked the morning shift to clear weeds and dead vegetation. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Volunteers weed their way to beauty

SOLANA BEACH —Armed with weed whackers, wheelbarrows, shovels, saws, rakes and hoes, more than 60 volunteers cleaned up the undeveloped lot adjacent to the train station during a March 2 beautification project sponsored by the Solana Beach Garden Club, Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society and North County Transit District. 

Working in two three-hour shifts from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., volunteers removed weeds and dead plants, trimmed several pine trees and created a mulch pathway.

Existing desirable vegetation was preserved.

In addition to improving the overall look of the highly visible lot on the northwest corner of Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Cedros Avenue, the project will complement ongoing upgrades along Coast Highway 101 scheduled for completion in June and provide a better site for bike racks that will be set up on the site for Fiesta del Sol that same month, Katie Pelisek, president of the Garden Club, said.