2010 Report for Atwater And Pine


Fair Haven

Type of Site:



58 Atwater St., New Haven, CT, 06513



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Number of trees planted


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2 linden, 2 serviceberry, 2 sargent cherry, 2 koussa dogwood, 1 locust skyline, 1 redbud, 1 kwanzan cherry, 1 snowgoose cherry, 1 purple leaf plum, 1 scarlet oak

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3 inkberry, 2 hydrangea, 1 andromeda, 1 itea

Number of perennials planted


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hostas, black-eyed Susans, liriope, daylilies, blue fescue, coral bells, candy tufts, euonymus, myrtle

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The Atwater & Pine Greenspace group has been part of URI's Greenspace program for ten years. Work in this community began with the transformation of a vacant lot into a shaded greenspace on Pine St., and has grown to include streetscape and frontyard beautification along Atwater and Pine Streets. The core members of the group are committed neighbors who come together through their work in the Greenspace program as well as the neighborhood block watch. Last summer (2009) the group dedicated themselves to restoring a treeless stretch of Pine St. that connects the community to the downtown via Bright St. and Ferry St. This summer the group focused on Atwater Street and planted 14 trees on their block, 12 in the curbstrip and 2 in frontyards. They transformed their block into a beautiful streetscape, tearing up large segments of concrete to plant 4 of their trees. The plantings include both shade trees and understory species, and were selected to diversify the types of trees on the block and complement the existing trees. One frontyard was tested for lead and found levels above 5000 ppm in the zone nearest the home. This yard was completely replanted with shrubs lined up along the home, a purple leaf plum in the center of the yard, perennials around the tree and myrtle surrounding it all. One more home was tested for lead in preparation for treatment next year. A large number of households, young kids included, contributed to the successful fulfillment of this summer's planting goals. Several new volunteers joined the group this year and became dedicated group members.