MLK Day: 'If you're going to have a day off, give back to your community'

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Volunteers worked at Hendricks Park on Martin Luther King Day

EUGENE, Ore. - Volunteers spent Martin Luther King Day doing volunteer work at Hendricks Park.

"If you're going to have a day off work, if you're going to take the opportunity to honor somebody like Doctor King, then I think it's really important to do something to give back to your community," said volunteer Matt Bradley.

The volunteers with Eugene Park Stewards were up early on the holiday sweeping trails mainly used for running or hiking - and pulling out roots of a invasive ivy.

Mieko Aoki with Eugene Park Stewards said the English and Irish ivys are starting to invade the forest floor, making it hard for native plants to grow.

"We're spending some time to remove it, which will allow native wildflowers and other species to grow after we remove it," Aoki said.

"This park is a real gem of the parks," Bradley said. "It's awesome. It's a really special place."