Harriet Tubman Park on Hickory Street
On Saturday, November 19th, a team of 20 volunteers from C&S Wholesale Grocers and Pope Francis High School, joined interns and Board members from Regreen Springfield, in helping to finish the restoration of Harriet Tubman Park, in Springfield’s Six Corners Neighborhood. Over 80 cubic yards of wood chips were spread under all of the play equipment in the Park. Earlier this fall, 22 new trees were planted in the Park, areas were weeded, trees were mulched and other restoration work was completed.
The work to install the wood chips was undertaken by the team, in partnership with the City of Springfield Parks Department who provided tools, wheel barrows and the wood chips. Through the work of Regreen Springfield and the Parks Department, the Park is now ready for full use for the first time since the June 2011 tornado.
Spreading wood chips in the play area of the Park.
This project was a great opportunity to involve many partners in the community regreening and enhancement project. Verizon Wireless, the University of Massachusetts, Pope Francis High School, C&S Grocers, the National Arbor Day Foundation, CSX Railroad, the Alliance for Community Trees, Regreen Springfield, the Springfield Parks Department and residents of the Hickory Street neighborhood helped to make this project a success.
The Johnny Appleseed Orchard received some fall clean up work this week, as workers and volunteers helped to prepare the site for winter. Weeding, edging of the planting beds and other maintenance efforts were undertaken on Saturday, November 19th. The Orchard will receive some additional attention this week, including the installation of rodent protection around the trunks of the trees in order to keep animals from eating the bark over the cold winter.
Pruning of the Orchard is planned for February, when cold temperatures make it ideal for removing unwanted branching on the fruit trees. The Orchard contains over 30 fruit trees, fruit producing bushes and flowering perennials.
On Wednesday, October 12th, volunteers from Verizon Wireless joined Regreen Springfield and the City of Springfield Forestry Division in planting new trees at Harriett Tubman Park, in the Old Hill Neighborhood of the city. The new trees, paid for through a grant from the National Arbor Day Foundation and CSX Railroad replaced trees lost in the 2011 tornado which destroyed all of the existing trees in the Park. Tubman Park is located on Hickory Street, along the Mill River, and the new trees will help to reduced water runoff and erosion, and also filter the water that flows through the Park into the river.
The new trees include Hickory, Crabapple, Red Maple, Sugar Maple and Black Locust. Regreen Springfield will be preparing an i-Tree report on the project benefits, in partnership with the Alliance for Community Trees. In addition to volunteers from Verizon Wireless, students from the University of Massachusetts assisted in the planting effort.
To learn more about the effort, please visit http://wwlp.com/2016/10/12/75-new-trees-being-planted-at-tornado-damaged-springfield-park/