Erik Ndayishimiye

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URI Internship Year:

2016

F&ES Graduation Year:

2017

Group

Quinnipiac River Park

Shepard And Huntington

Friends Of City Point

Griswold Park

Wolcott And Lloyd

Saltonstall And Lloyd

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

Believe In Me

Greenspace Log

Date Category Photos Group Summary

07/30/2016

Planting
Planting

Saltonstall And Lloyd

We planted colorful flowers and shrubs throughout the park: day lilies, corn flowers, rose bushes, and mountain laurels.

07/29/2016

Planting
Planting

Shepard And Huntington

As part of remediation for lead, we planted 7 perennials,3 shrubs and laid 2 yards of pea stone on a yard area that didn't have ground cover.

07/28/2016

Planting
Planting
John Hansen and Virginia coppola

Quinnipiac River Park

This was our last day of tree planting and we planted an American Linden tree near the southern end of the park along the trail

07/28/2016

Planting
Planting

Griswold Park

We planted 5 day lilies and watered the flower bed

07/27/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance
Gwen Heath with Explo volunteers

Wolcott And Lloyd

We received 10 Explo volunteers and they cleared the weeds out of the park's inside pathway and the area underneath the pergola, and laid a fresh layer of pea stone on both. They also weeded the shrubs along the back fence and mulched them.

07/27/2016

Planting
Planting

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

07/27/2016

Planting
Planting

Believe In Me

20 BIMEC summer camps kids weeded the curb strip on Argyle street across the street from the Believe in Me building. They also planted perennials and spread mulch under 2 trees.

07/27/2016

Planting
Planting
Jaquan and Tyrese cutting invasive bittersweet vines from the oasis site

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

We planted 2 shrubs and watered them along with the plants we had planted the week before. We also cut some of the big bittersweet vines that were strangling trees inside the oasis.

07/26/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Shepard And Huntington

We watered the plants in the park and mulched the curb strip in front of Nina's house

07/23/2016

Planting
Planting

Saltonstall And Lloyd

We planted 2 shrubs and 10 perennials

07/21/2016

Planting
Planting

Griswold Park

We planted a "cornus mass" to replace another tree that had died on Quinnipiac Ave

07/21/2016

Planting
Planting

Quinnipiac River Park

We planted a Cherry Kwanzan tree in honor of Mr. Noy Lim who has been a long time volunteer for the park

07/20/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

We planted several plants around the entrance, along the trails and inside the oasis. These plants include: mountain laurels, blueberries, yuccas, etc. We also watered them and spread wood chips in the entrance

07/20/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wolcott And Lloyd

We weeded, pruned and mulched the shrubs. We also watered the flowers.

07/19/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Believe In Me

We watered the trees and perennials

07/19/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Shepard And Huntington

We mowed the grass, watered the flowers and weeded the curb strip on Huntington Street.

07/13/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

We continued clearing bushes along the entrance of the trail to make it visible for incoming traffic. We also picked up trash in the space we created for the wood chips to be delivered.

07/13/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wolcott And Lloyd

We pulled out the bittersweet vines along the back fence of the park and watered the plants.

07/12/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Shepard And Huntington

We mowed the grass, watered the plants and picked up trash. We also weeded the curb strip along Huntington Street

07/07/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Griswold Park

We dug out and removed a dead tree on the curb strip of Quinnipiac Ave adjacent to the park

07/07/2016

Planting
Planting

Quinnipiac River Park

07/06/2016

Planting
Planting
Explo volunteers with Tanya Smith, Gloria Johnson, Shomari Moore, Brian Salters and Malaysia Augustine

Shepard And Huntington

We had 10 volunteers from the Explo at Yale program and Tanya Smith brought her son and 2 nephews. Group members Nina Faucett and Gloria Johnson were also there. We pruned the shrubs, raked the grass, planted perennials, mulched the flower beds and watered.

07/06/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wolcott And Lloyd

We continued to weed and water the plants. This time we had another volunteer, Mrs. Maria Quinones

07/06/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

We cleared the trail and removed invasives around the oasis towards the Wintergreen brook

07/06/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Saltonstall And Lloyd

We had 10 volunteers from the Explo at Yale program. Angel, Adeli's husband was also there with his son and another young child. We weeded the park, spread mulch and watered the plants.

07/05/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Believe In Me

We watered the trees and perennials with the BIMEC (Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation) summer camp kids. We also did tree inventory

07/05/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance
Wanda Kelley - Jones, Tyesha Alexander, Tanya Smith, Nina Faucett and Gloria Johnson

Shepard And Huntington

We raked the grass and and got rid of the dead leaves, branches and other trash that were littering the park. We welcomed two new volunteers, Wanda Kelley-Jones and her daughter Tyesha Alexander. We also received visit from the URI director, Colleen Murphy and another visitor from the community foundation.

07/02/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance
Adeli's husband, Mr. Angel Santiago cleaning up the park

Saltonstall And Lloyd

We raked dead leaves and weeded in the back of the park

06/30/2016

Social
Social
A volunteer watering perennials

Quinnipiac River Park

We watered the trees and flowers and put up a poster. After that the whole group headed to Grand Apizza for a well-deserved slice of pizza.

06/30/2016

Planting
Planting

Griswold Park

We planted 2 spireas and laid 1 more yard of mulch in the flower bed. We also watered all the plants.

06/29/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wolcott And Lloyd

We weeded and watered the park and put up a poster asking for volunteers

06/29/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance
The wintergreen Shepherds

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

The Wintergreen Shepherds started their season. Building on the work done by the West River Stewards, we continued creating the trail and expanded the wood chips drop-off area

06/28/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance
Tanya Smith and Nina Faucett mowing the lawn
Group leaders Nina Faucett and Tanya Smith discussing with URI's Associate Director Chris Ozyck

Shepard And Huntington

We mowed the grass and watered the plants. Chris visited the group and left them a push lawnmower so they can mow the lawn regularly by themselves.

06/28/2016

Planting
Planting

Believe In Me

We planted day lilies and Russian sages under 2 trees on Argyle Street

06/23/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Griswold Park

We laid 1 yard of stone dust in the pathway that crosses the park.

06/23/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wolcott And Lloyd

This was the first time meeting with Gwen this summer. Her, Chris and I pruned the vine on the pergola and we discussed about calling for volunteers. We agreed to meet every Wednesday at 3:30 PM

06/23/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Quinnipiac River Park

We weeded and mulched mulched more trees

06/22/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance
The West River Stewards clearing the trail

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

After receiving permission from the land owner, the West River Stewards laid the groundwork for the oasis by creating the trail and clearing a space for woodchips to be delivered

06/21/2016

Planting
Planting

Believe In Me

We planted another Cherry Kwanzan on Argyle Street

06/21/2016

Planting
Planting
Chris Schaeffer and Yvette Brown planting a tree

Friends Of City Point

We planted a Kusa dogwood to replace another one that had been knocked over by a car on the 3rd street. We also sawed and removed a dead tree on the same street.

06/16/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Quinnipiac River Park

We mulched the flower bed at the middle entrance of the park and we pruned and straightened up trees.

06/15/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

The West River Stewards picked up trash and marked the invasive species that need to be removed from the oasis

06/14/2016

Planting
Planting

Believe In Me

We planted 2 Cherry Kwanzan trees on Argyle street with 5 volunteers

06/09/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Quinnipiac River Park

We did some mulching and pruning. We also straightened up some trees that were bent

06/09/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance
Bill watering the perennials

Griswold Park

We laid 2 yards of mulch in the flower bed and under the trees and we watered the perennials.

06/08/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

The students learned to identify 5 of the most common invasive species at their site and we walked the site picking up trash and marking with tapes the invasives that we had just learned.

06/07/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Shepard And Huntington

Tanya Smith and Nina Faucett were at the site when I arrived. We removed a dead tree in the center of the park, and we pruned 2 shrubs, weeded and raked the dead leaves out. We also toured the neighborhood and talked to residents about our work and asked them to come volunteer. The group requested a chain link fence.

06/07/2016

Planning
Planning

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

We had our second planning meeting. 2 students worked on a presentation that they will present to the land owners (board of directors that run the cemetery that owns the land). We also toured the oasis site and drew our oasis design on a map.

06/03/2016

Planting
Planting

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

The senior class requested and received a Lacebark elm tree from URI, and planted it on campus as a farewell gift to Common Ground High School.

06/02/2016

Planting
Planting

Quinnipiac River Park

We planted perennials under the 4 Hophornbeam trees that we planted the week before. The perennials included Russian sages, day lilies, sedums, and coreopsis

06/01/2016

Planning
Planning

Believe In Me

we toured the site with Chris and Mr. walker and identified 6 potential pits where we can plant trees this summer and we will contact the homeowners to request permissions to plant trees. We also discussed how to solve the problem of a bent cherry tree on Argyle Street that was getting in the way of the sidewalk, and decided to prune off the lower branches and to straighten up the tree with ropes.

05/31/2016

Maintenance
Maintenance

Shepard And Huntington

We removed a dead tree in the center of the park, and pruned 2 shrubs, weeded and raked the central flower bed and the lawn. We also toured the neighborhood and talked to residents about our work and asked them to come volunteer.

05/31/2016

Planning
Planning

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

We had our first planning meeting during which we filled out the goal tracking sheet. The West River Stewards identified 4 goals for this summer: 1) creating trails, 2) creating the urban oasis, 3) trash clean-up, 4) invasive species removal.

05/27/2016

Planning
Planning

Believe In Me

We walked around the street scapes doing biophysical analysis and tree inventory.

05/26/2016

Planting
Planting

Quinnipiac River Park

We planted 4 Hophornbeam trees with 30 presidential service fellows, all of the 7 URI interns for the summer, URI's associate director Chris Ozyck and the Quinnipiac River Park group leader, Thomas Burrwel.

05/26/2016

Planting
Planting
Bill and Dwight planting a butterfly bush

Griswold Park

We met for our 1st planting of the season. We planted 2 butterfly bushes and took measurements of the area of the flower bed that needs mulch and the pathway that needs stone dust.

05/24/2016

Planning
Planning

Friends Of City Point

This was the first time meeting with the group leader, Mr. Chris Schaeffer. We toured the site and identified a dead Kusa dogwood that needs to be replaced. As the group has reached an emeritus status, they decided to hold only one event on June 21st to replace the dead tree, and that will be all for the summer.

05/24/2016

Planning
Planning

Shepard And Huntington

We met with the Group leader, Mrs Nina Faucett for the first time and visited the site while planning summer activities. This summer the group decided to start by freshening up and revitalizing the park; pick up trash, weeding, mulching and replacing the plants that had died. Nina said they needed a hose and the water to be turned back on

05/23/2016

Planning
Planning

Saltonstall And Lloyd

Met with the group leader, Mrs. Adeli DeArce and discussed what needs to be done at the site this summer. She wants to clean up the park and its sidewalks, weed, mulch, replace dying shrubs, plant colorful flowers and restore the grass.