Volunteers came from many sources including large groups from Price Waterhouse Coopers, Congress for the New Urbanism, the MVT CID Clean Team, AIPAC, DPR, Tommy Wells staff, and neighboring residential buildings. With direction from Casey Trees staff and Citizen Foresters the volunteers planted 34 trees and removed several Forsythia bushes.
I teamed up with a Citizen Forester from Burtonsville and Sarah Moulton, the community planner from DPR who designed the park’s new concept, to plant two Ginkgos along Mass Ave. We had a couple of good chuckles about the new soon to debut Amy Poehler NBC sitcom called Parks and Recreation as we found a bone in the dirt.
Water for the trees was run from a fire hydrant on 2nd Street to fill the 25 gallon ooze tubes. The water source at the park should be functional within the next month. The next upgrade for the park, after the water supply, should occur in the fall with benches, trash cans and lighting will be transplanted from the Art walk to this park. The availability of these materials is dependent on the redevelopment of the Old Convention Center site moving forward.