Friends Of Farmington Canal

Volunteer Leader(s):

Doreen Abubakar
Aaron Goode

Neighborhood: Newhallville

Type of Site: Streetscape Streetscape

Address: Hazel st. and Shelton ave, New Haven, CT


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2016 Greenspace Report

The “Learning Corridor” is a section of park along the Farmington Canal Trail being transformed through partnerships between Doreen Abubakar (the visionary of the Learning Corridor), the Friends of the Farmington Canal Trail, URI, and – as of this year – the Connecticut Audubon Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, i.e. the Urban Oasis partners. This year, the group completed its third year as a Greenspace and persevered through its first season as an Urban Oasis. The Learning Corridor now features a stretch of native plants along the fence far fence line, in addition to several perennial beds from previous years. The group began the summer by planting more perennials around the pillars at the Hazel Street entrance to the Canal Trail and in the triangle bed at the corner of Shelton and Hazel. For the remaining six weeks, the group turned its attention to preparing the ground and ultimately planting a vast array of native perennials and shrubs. With the help of seven student employees from Common Ground High School, the Urban Oasis gradually came to life.

2016 Accomplishments

  • 46 shrubs planted (Greenspace and Urban Oasis, combined Species (Urban Oasis): Eastern Red Cedar (small tree in five-gallon container), Yucca, Ninebark, false spirea, Mountain laurel, Witch hazel, ‘Heavy Metal’ ornamental grass Species (Greenspace): Dwarf zebra grass, fountain grass )
  • 119 perennials planted (Greenspace and Urban Oasis, combined Species: Agastache, Baptisia, Helianthus, coreopsis, Euphorbia, Gallardia, Aster, (and others) Species (Greenspace): hosta, daylily, sedum (‘Autumn Joy’), variegated liriope, Russian sage, coreopsis)
  • 2.0 yards compost spread
  • 4.0 yards mulch spread
  • 10 events
  • 70 volunteers
  • 262 volunteer hours