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/
The ‘Street Colors’ effort which included logistical and organizational support by Regreen Springfield was featured in a story by MassLive. Organizations like the South End Business Association, the Latino Education Institute and Regreen teamed up to clean out the planters and beautify them with donated mums. Students and staff from South End Middle School joined in Saturday morning’s effort.
To view the story, just click on the thumbnail image.
MassLive Features Regreen Springfield at work in the South End
On Saturday, September 24th, over 50 volunteers from the Regreen Springfield, the South End Middle School, HAP Housing, the C3 Community Police Initiative and local business partners planted Mums in all of the flower containers along Main Street. The project will add a bright fall decor to landscape along both sides of the street from Red Rose Pizzeria south to HAP Housing.
The effort was spearheaded by a team from HAP Housing and Regreen Springfield, and served as the first of several regreening efforts planned for the South End Neighborhood over the next year. In the Spring, the planters will be filled with ornamental perennial flowers and grasses, in an effort to provide beauty the streetscape all summer long.
Over 120 Mums were planted during the morning work session, which concluded with a community lunch at the South End Middle School.
Click on any image to view the entire photo gallery from the Street Colors event…