Cara Donovan

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URI Internship Year:

2017

F&ES Graduation Year:

2018

F&ES Degree:

MESc

Cara Donovan is a joint degree masters student at FES and the School of Public Health at Yale. She grew up in Bristol, Rhode Island and graduated from Connecticut College in 2008 with a major in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies. Her focus is on improving health and the environment through sustainable food systems. Prior to starting her program at Yale, she worked at CitySeed as a Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator and later as Mobile Market Manager. She looks forward to continuing to work in the New Haven community and learning from the many knowledgeable greenspace volunteers!

Group

Beaver Ponds Park

Orchard Street

Blockwatch 303

White Street

Lenzi Park

Victims of Gun Violence

Greenspace Log

Category Date Group Summary
Planting
Planting

06/20/2017

Orchard Street

Today the Orchard Street Clean Up Blockwatch expanded beautification of Orchard Street to a neighboring tree pit. New neighborhood volunteer Shanique planted 3 yellow day lilies and 3 hostas around the London planetree in front of her house. We added topsoil, compost, and mulch to keep the plants happy. Volunteers also planted vinca vines along the fence to fill out the space with a colorful groundcover. Two children in the neighborhood helped with watering all the newly planted perennials. Other tasks included weeding the lot, adding mulch around a few spaces, and completing the tire border around the grill.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/16/2017

Blockwatch 303

Blockwatch 303 met today to compost and mulch the grounds of Beecher Park. About 1.5 yards of compost and 1.5 yards of pine mulch were distributed around trees and the sculpture garden. Volunteers worked hard to finish up despite the wet weather!

Planting
Planting

06/16/2017

White Street

The White Street group planted 2 yellow yarrow and two yellow coreopsis around 2 of the tree pits today. We also knocked on doors to invite neighbors to the tree planting next week.

Planting
Planting

06/15/2017

Lenzi Park

Friends of Lenzi Park worked a full two hours weeding garden beds and added 9 perennials on Jefferson Street and by the mural. Plantings included 3 purple coral bells, 3 lady's mantle, and 3 pink astilbes.

Planting
Planting

06/14/2017

Beaver Ponds Park

Friends of Beaver Ponds got to work today planting about 17 perennials and weeding wheelbarrows full of invasives. The group added compost to the new berm garden that connects to the sign at the entrance of the park. They planted drought-tolerant perennials like sedum, Russian sage, and coreopsis by the entrance and more in the rock garden. Volunteers cleared layers of vines, sticky weed, and other growth around & above the Ed Grant Memorial rock garden and in the area to the left of the blackberries. They also pulled out stickyweed, bittersweet, and mugwort from the area on the Crescent St. bank that lies between the grand Catalpa tree and the Fournier St. sidewalk. Other volunteers hauled water from the pond in buckets and the water cart to water our new plants.

Planting
Planting

06/13/2017

Orchard Street

The Orchard Street Clean Up Blockwatch met in the heat to add more beauty and color to their space. They planted to blue hydrangea bushes and 2 pink knockout rose bushes inside the lot. The group also spruced up a tree pit in front of the lot with 2 flowering plantain lily hostas. Ms. Turner added a gold standard hosta to the flower barrel in the curbstrip. A neighbor interested in beautifying the tree pit in front of her house began to prep for planting that will happen next week under the London planetree.

Planting
Planting

06/09/2017

Blockwatch 303

Blockwatch 303 had a very productive workday! We planted 2 new trees in Beecher Park: a saucer magnolia and a horse chestnut. These flowering trees will add even more beauty to this space that's very well-cared-for!

Planting
Planting

06/09/2017

White Street

The White Street group had their first meeting of the summer. We started out with planting additional perennials under the 2 street trees planted last year: 2 yellow yarrow plants, 2 catmint, 1 "moonbeam" coreopsis. The group looks forward to further beautifying their street by planting another flowering tree this month.

Planting
Planting

06/08/2017

Lenzi Park

Planting
Planting

06/08/2017

Lenzi Park

Today was a very efficient and productive workday at Lenzi Park! The group got to work weeding the beds on Jefferson Street and planting 4 hostas to fill out the space. They also planted 3 black-eyed susans. We then gathered to discuss what other perennials could be added to the space, especially under the mural.

Planting
Planting

06/07/2017

Beaver Ponds Park

I met with Friends of Beaver Ponds Park for their first workday of the summer today. I was really impressed with how much work they accomplished in 2 hours! The group weeded the beds by the Beaver Ponds Park sign and managed to clear a new space for planting by the entrance to the park. About a 1/2 yard of compost and several wheelbarrows full of mulch were laid in preparation for planting in the coming weeks. The group planted 3 blackeyed susans, 3 moonbeam coreopsis or "tickweed", 4 cornflowers, and one catmint in various locations by the entrance. Other members tended to the pollinator garden while a small group cleared litter on the trail by the edge of the water.

Planting
Planting

06/06/2017

Orchard Street

Today we added a few perennials to the garden beds at the Orchard Street lot. Volunteers dug through rocky soil to plant 3 variegated hostas and spiderwort in the space. We also finished clearing out the large brush pile in the back of the lot.

Planning
Planning

06/02/2017

Beaver Ponds Park

I met with the Beaver Ponds Park Urban Oasis group today to tour the site and discuss plans for the summer. We checked on the health of native plants planted last year and updated the map of plantings. We will be taking out more invasive plants and adding more native perennials to the space.

Planting
Planting

06/01/2017

Lenzi Park

Friends of Lenzi Park had a productive workday. They removed 4 bags of leaves from the raspberry bushes and from the perennial beds at the base of 2 oak street trees on St John Street. They planted 3 daylilies around one of the street trees to add more beauty and color to the space.

Planning
Planning

05/31/2017

Beaver Ponds Park

Friends of Beaver Ponds Park gathered for pizza and planning for the summer season. They discussed goals for 2017 and were brought up to date on happenings at Beaver Ponds Park.

Maintenance
Maintenance

05/30/2017

Orchard Street

Members of the Orchard St Clean Up Blockwatch met today in spite of the rain and cleared a large pile of brush from their lot. They also completed the brick edging along their garden beds.

Planning
Planning

05/26/2017

Blockwatch 303

Blockwatch 303 had their first planning meeting of the summer. We checked the health of the park and street trees and decided on replacing 2 dead trees at Beecher Park. We will be planting a saucer magnolia and a horse chestnut in their place. We will also be adding more compost and mulch to the grounds to spruce up the perennial beds.

Planning
Planning

05/25/2017

Lenzi Park

Members of the Friends of Lenzi Park group met to discuss plans for the summer. The group will continue to beautify the park by adding more perennials to the Jefferson Street beds and around the base of the oak trees on St John Street. They will also devote some time to removing invasive plants and weeds around the park.

Maintenance
Maintenance

05/23/2017

Orchard Street

Members of the Orchard Street Clean Up Blockwatch met and cleaned out 21 bags of leaves along with some litter from their lot. After filling the URI truck with the leaf bags, the group met and discussed the goals for the season.