City asks for volunteers to help watch after Elephant Parade: Welcome to America Herd
By Andrea Papagianis
As dozens of elephant sculptures have made their temporary home in Dana Point, city leaders are calling upon the public to attend to the herd. No live elephant clean up required.
“We have had to replace some trinkets and bobbles here and there, but overall we have been very pleased with how the public has taken care of the elephants,” said Mike Killebrew, the assistant city manager.
Elephant Parade: Welcome to America hit the city’s parks, streets and businesses last month and so far the elements—both Mother Nature and the public—have been good to them, Killebrew said. But with the wind, rain, sun and human contact coming into play some have become dirty or slightly damaged, that’s where volunteers will come in to play. Volunteer keepers will be assigned a few elephant sculptures to periodically check on, wipe off and report any damage, in need of repair, to city staff.
Elephants are on display throughout town until the first week of November, when the herd will be moved to Lantern Bay Park for a weeklong farewell.
To volunteer for the Dana Point Elephant Keeper Team, contact Robert Sedita, management analyst for the city, at 949.248.3512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.