Starbucks cleanup crew to spruce up Ocean Beach area
As part of its 40th anniversary, Seattle coffee giant Starbucks is bringing a cadre of volunteers to Ocean Beach to clean up the area and revamp some landscaping along the north end of the beach.
In conjunction with the Department of Public Works, the Recreation and Park Department and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, volunteers will put in plants along the sea wall opposite Golden Gate Park, and will weed and trim existing landscaping south along the Great Highway.
The cleanup will run from 8 a.m. to mid-afternoon, and will close the Great Highway between Lincoln and Sloat Boulevards from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ocean Beach parking areas between Stairwells 21 and 27 will be closed until 2 p.m.
Starbucks and Ocean Beach neighborhoods sometimes have had testy relations. In 2003 the coffee chain sought a location in the Outer Sunset on Judah Street, sparking a grassroots neighborhood campaign to block it. Led by the late Sunset District activist Tess Manolo-Ventresca, neighbors succeeded in persuading the City to deny Starbucks a permit.
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