Austin Bryniarski

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URI Internship Year:

2019

F&ES Graduation Year:

2019

F&ES Degree:

MESc

Austin likes to think about food and justice. Part of thinking about those things involves also thinking about space, place, history, politics, power, plants, and people. *Those* things brought Austin to the Greenspace program. Also, Austin loves New Haven.

Group

Westville Roundabout - The Roundabout Gardeners

Washington Ave.

Saltonstall And Lloyd

Oyster Point

Friends Of Edgewood Park

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

Norton Parkway Pollinator Pathway

Castle Street

Greenspace Log

Date Category Photos Group Summary

08/07/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Washington Ave.

Nicki and I drew maps of the space to wrap up the season and weeded.

08/03/2019

Planting
Planting

Oyster Point

We planted two trees in Bayview Park in the stead of two dying evergreens! It was a scorcher.

08/03/2019

Planting
Planting

Castle Street

Maria, Pat and I planted pollinator-friendly flowers to brighten up the streetscape at the intersection of Castle and Monroe.

08/02/2019

Planting
Planting

Norton Parkway Pollinator Pathway

We planted boxwoods in each median square and a whole mess of pollinator plants at the end of the median opposite of where we started.

07/31/2019

Planting
Planting

Washington Ave.

We spread stone dust to begin a path, and planted hostas around the hawthorn and a black-eyed Susan in the center of the garden.

07/30/2019

Planting
Planting

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

Ed and I planted perennials near the trees we grew and watered. We made plans for where future trees might be planted and who else might get involved.

07/28/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Friends Of Edgewood Park

We cleared trails of knotweed and watered the trees we planted!

07/26/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Norton Parkway Pollinator Pathway

Thirteen Foote School friends and their chaperones joined us and helped to excavate sod in preparation for pollinator plantings. We discussed the importance of safety when working in the median, the necessity of pollinators, strategies for digging, and how to successfully transplant liriope.

07/25/2019

Planting
Planting

Oyster Point

At Oyster Point we planted a long-awaited beach plum (which was already bearing fruit!). We also watered and made some decisions about which trees to plant and where. Shade tolerant is the way to go in Bayview Park, where older, larger trees block out sunlight against the sound barrier abutting the highway.

07/24/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Westville Roundabout - The Roundabout Gardeners

This week we spread grass seed to compensate for all the pruning back of shrubs we did in weeks prior, and to bring back lawn to the curbstrip in front of the residence here. We also pruned and did site selection for the tree we'll plant next week.

07/24/2019

Planting
Planting

Washington Ave.

We finally got to plant our winter king hawthorn tree after a few sessions of delay — mostly weather related. It was great to meet and work with Ivan, who has seen the greenspace progress over the past three years.

07/24/2019

Planting
Planting

Friends Of Edgewood Park

In conjunction with the green team, we planted two hybrid maples that will grow to form a threshold that structures the canopy above the promenade that parallels Edgewood Avenue.

07/23/2019

Planting
Planting

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

We planted a greenspire linden tree and a pin oak tree adjacent to a lot that is tended to by the local urban agriculture organization New Haven Farms.

07/20/2019

Planting
Planting

Castle Street

We planted an amelanchier in front of Pat's house. We had a strong showing of volunteer support despite the fact that it was one of the hottest days of the summer.

07/20/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Oyster Point

The Oyster Point team watered its beachy plants and marked out where three other trees would go.

07/19/2019

Planting
Planting

Norton Parkway Pollinator Pathway

We planted a whole mess of pollinator-friendly plants as a test-run for how the rest of the pathway might look. We plan to replicate it across the section of the median we've been tending to.

07/18/2019

Planning
Planning

Norton Parkway Pollinator Pathway

Robin and I planned out what a "tile" of the median full of pollinator-friendly plants might look like.

07/17/2019

Planting
Planting

Friends Of Edgewood Park

This week I was at a meeting so the Green Team tended to trails and paths in the park. The following Friday, however, the URI Youth at Work team joined the Edgewood Park Youth at Work team to plant a crabapple tree and a hybrid elm tree along the promenade that parallels Edgewood Avenue.

07/17/2019

Planting
Planting

Westville Roundabout - The Roundabout Gardeners

We planted a number of purple-and-green flowering perennials that would be more manageable than the juniper and hostas of the past along a corner of the roundabout.

07/16/2019

Planning
Planning

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

We CBYD'd and watered.

07/13/2019

Planting
Planting

Castle Street

We planted two cherry trees that will blossom beautifully and caliper up nicely. We decorated them with daylilies and coreopsis.

07/13/2019

Planting
Planting

Oyster Point

We planted two more porcupine grasses and watered. I spent a lot of the time shuttling another intern around but was happy to support the group with plants, materials, and my feeble advice. We also secured a closer water source to keep our porcupine grass lush and its crispiness at bay.

07/12/2019

Planning
Planning

Norton Parkway Pollinator Pathway

We canvassed the Norton Parkway neighbors again and they expressed great interest in and approval of planting more pollinating plants in the median as well as addressing the overgrown burning bush.

07/10/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Westville Roundabout - The Roundabout Gardeners

We spread mulch and watered.

07/10/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Washington Ave.

We gave some TLC to the greenspace in the form of weeding and watering. In preparation for path-making, we laid down some stone dust.

07/10/2019

Planting
Planting

Friends Of Edgewood Park

We planted two trees with the Edgewood Youth at Work group: a sturdy red maple that replaced an old tree at the bike path entrance to the park on Edgewood Avenue, and a kuosa dogwood at the midbridge section of the park. Two trees, six to go!

07/09/2019

Planting
Planting

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

We planted two trees — a honey locust that will grow tall and provide some canopy to Wolcott Street, and a crabapple tree that will grow up in its shadow and provide color and habitat.

06/29/2019

Planting
Planting

Oyster Point

Mostly we tended to the garden area by the beach by picking weeds, spreading mulch, and planting porcupine grass. Lemonade was on tap and much needed.

06/29/2019

Planning
Planning

Norton Parkway Pollinator Pathway

We canvassed the Norton Parkway neighbors and they expressed great interest in and approval of planting more pollinating plants in the median as well as addressing the overgrown burning bush. We pruned burning bush as well in preparation for median transformation!

06/29/2019

Planning
Planning

Castle Street

I met Maria and Jose on Castle Street and we talked shop and made plans for the rest of the summer — our goals are to plant a few trees to replace ones that had been damaged and accessorize them with colorful flowers.

06/28/2019

Planting
Planting

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

We collaboratively planted a crabapple on Poplar Street that will graciously take up space between electrical wires and add some color to the streetscape there.

06/26/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Westville Roundabout - The Roundabout Gardeners

We spread a fair amount of mulch around the traffic circle's territories.

06/26/2019

Planting
Planting

Washington Ave.

We planted a goldenrain tree that will add a punch of color and a bit of shade in future years.

06/26/2019

Planting
Planting

Friends Of Edgewood Park

We planted catmint, achillea, and ninebark in the midbridge garden.

06/22/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Washington Ave.

Some solid canvassing followed an equally solid attempt to reinforce the fence surrounding the Washington Avenue site.

06/20/2019

Planting
Planting

Oyster Point

We weeded. We planted a rosa rugosa.

06/19/2019

Planting
Planting

Westville Roundabout - The Roundabout Gardeners

06/19/2019

Planting
Planting

Friends Of Edgewood Park

We planted shrubs in the midbridge garden.

06/18/2019

Planning
Planning
Robin presents to the W.E.B. management team meeting.

Norton Parkway Pollinator Pathway

We gathered 'round to make a plan of the pollinator pathway's summer ahead. We also attended the W.E.B. management team meeting to get a sense of how people would feel about breaking ground on the median.

06/15/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance
No more mugwort here.
No more mugwort here.

Oyster Point

At the beachy waterfront at the toe of Howard Avenue, the Oyster Point crew picked mugwort and other weedier plants in advance of what we hope will be some salt-tolerant planting. We filled an entire truck-bed with mugwort. We hope to maintain the space with semi-regular weed whacking.

06/12/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance
Traffic circle sunset shadows.
Traffic circle sunset shadows.

Westville Roundabout - The Roundabout Gardeners

We tore up the dead yucca and managed most of the leaves in the areas where the junipers are thriving. We made the decision to plant a boxwood in the middle of the traffic circle next week to fill it out. We filled no less than six yard waste bags today.

06/12/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance
Spotted: hunk of asphalt made into path marker.
Spotted: hunk of asphalt made into path marker.

Friends Of Edgewood Park

Pat and Stephanie had the pleasure of meeting David, who is also working with URI this summer, and we tended to a path and weeded out some burdock. We also planned to plant some shrubs the next time we met, and took stock of which trees we'd plant throughout the summer (and where).

06/12/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance
Flyer, flyer.
Flyer, flyer.

Washington Ave.

We weeded the garden, cleaned the space up, and canvassed so that neighbors know our regular meeting time — see you on Wednesdays at half past three!

06/11/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance
Our humble sandwich board.
Our humble sandwich board.

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

Ed and I canvassed the neighborhood to garner support and consensus around street tree planting around the block. We met with a number of neighbors who expressed interest in getting involved and we are hopeful next week's turnout will reflect that interest. We also painted a sandwich board and distributed flyers to disseminate our meeting time and place, and we called-before-we-dig.

06/07/2019

Planning
Planning
Contemplating the garden entrance.
Contemplating the garden entrance.

Saltonstall And Lloyd

At the Saltonstall and Lloyd garden we came up for a maintenance plan and decided to prioritize some minor infrastructural changes that need to be made, including at the garden's entrance.

06/07/2019

Planning
Planning
Poplar Street construction.
Poplar Street construction.

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

Ed and I walked the neighborhood to assess how trees planted last year were faring, who we could get involved in the summer's work, and where we might plant more street trees. A new sidewalk on Poplar Street means that there will now be a curb strip where there was not before. We planned to canvass the neighbors who live there to see if they'd be interested in joining the group. Wielding loppers, we pruned back the colorful trees that grace Exchange, Wolcott, and Poplar streets.

06/06/2019

Planning
Planning
Among our volunteers: some ambitious sound barrier vines.
Among our volunteers: some ambitious sound barrier vines.

Oyster Point

Our initial Oyster Point meeting was a comprehensive scan of the multi-sited greenspace — the "Beach" at the intersection of Water and Howard, Bayview Park, and the triangle park at the corner of Sea and Water.

06/05/2019

Planning
Planning
Rounds about right.
Rounds about right.

Westville Roundabout - The Roundabout Gardeners

Denise, Carla, and I talked shop and made plans to maintain the roundabout. The curbs surrounding the little islands that buttress the roundabout are quite adept at collecting leafy material, so we are keen to address those. The tree in the roundabout is healthy, yet we thought it could use the company of some evergreens.

06/05/2019

Planning
Planning
Plans from last year, reconsidered this year.
Plans from last year, reconsidered this year.

Washington Ave.

We made some plans for the garden on Washington Avenue this year. In store: some intensive canvassing, flowering perennials, infrastructural adjustments, some tentative veggie beds, and plenty of weeding.

06/04/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance
Prior to our meeting, the Yale Class of 1964 was presented with a bench that sits in Edgewood Park's urban oasis site.
Prior to our meeting, the Yale Class of 1964 was presented with a bench that sits in Edgewood Park's urban oasis site.

Friends Of Edgewood Park

A handful of volunteers met on a humid summer day to enjoy the shaded side of the Mid-Bridge in Edgewood Park and tackle some knotweed that had made itself at home among the garden beds. We swung hand weeders to clear paths and address some overgrown grass around the perimeter of the garden to make it more visible to passers-by and chatted about what we might plant moving forward. The dogwood planted last year wasn't doing so hot, so we agreed to replace it this summer.