The floor of the visitor center at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park received a much-needed makeover May 2, courtesy of Home Depot in Crescent City.

The company donated both the flooring materials and the installation labor. The new plank flooring is a dramatic improvement helping to modernize the center as a cheerful and welcoming space while retaining its rustic character.

The partnership between Home Depot, Redwood National and State Parks, and Redwood Parks Association, the non-profit organization that benefits the parks, began last fall.

Employees tackling a massive end-of-season cleaning of the visitor

center, discovered a section of the badly worn and molding carpet was

beyond repair and needed to be replaced. Unfortunately, both funding and

labor were in short supply.

When Home Depot learned about the problem, it donated the flooring

for the section. Brad Maggetti, a park volunteer, donated his time to

remove the old carpet and install the new materials.

However, when Home Depot store managers Alex Campbell and Michael

Ekkart visited the center after the first installation, they were

concerned to discover a large portion of the center's floors remained

old and decayed, and immediately volunteered to donate both the flooring

materials and labor to renovate the entire visitor center.

Store employees also volunteered their time to help clean the center's outside decks, gutters and campfire amphitheater.

"We are committed to giving our time, talents, energy and resources

to worthwhile causes in our communities," said assistant store manager

Michael Ekkart. "Volunteering with local community projects is an

important value for our company, and we love helping the parks. They're

part of what makes the Northern California Coast such a special place."

The Crescent City Safeway store also supported the project by

donating fresh deli sandwiches to feed the hard-working volunteers.

Debi White, the North District Manager for Redwood Parks Association,

said she is extremely grateful for Home Depot's and Safeway's

generosity and partnership.

"The mission of Redwood Parks Association is to support to our

partner agencies - the National Park Service, California State Parks,

and U.S. Forest Service - who are entrusted with the care of Northern

California's public lands," she said. "But we can't do it alone. The

parks belong to everyone, and when great folks like the Home Depot

employees step up to the plate to help, it makes a huge difference. Our

visitors will have a much better experience this summer."

For up-to-date information on Redwood National and State Parks, call

707-465-7335, or visit the parks' website, or facebook

page at!/RedwoodNPS.