2008 Report for Beaver Pond Park

Neighborhood:

Beaver Hills

Type of Site:

Park Friends

Address:

intersection of Crescent Street and Fournier Street, New Haven, CT

Year

2008

Number of volunteers

27

Total volunteer hours

67

Number of trees planted

4

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1 sweetgum, 1 redbud pansy, 1 river birch, 1 Washington hawthorn

Number of shrubs planted

26

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9 azaleas (6 flame azaleas, 3 swamp azaleas), 1 mountain laurel, 5 winterberry holly, 1 Virginia rose, 3 winterberry holly, 3 blue princess holly. 4 Juniperus Virginia

Number of perennials planted

42

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3 groundcover juniper (do not plant groundcover juniper: it attracts garbage), 6 cardinal flowers, 1 arrow wood viburnum, 4 aster, 2 spirea tormosa, 6 yucca, 2 Buddleia, 1 sweet cleothora, 5 wood aster, 3 bee balm, 1 little bluestem grass, 6 switchgrass, 2 epimedium

Yards compost spread

1.50

Yards mulch spread

5.50

Summary

BEAVER POND PARK (FOBPP) joined together to protect and restore the beauty of the ponds, the woodlands, and the walkways in Beaver Pond Park. The group also wanted to promote the use of the park by nearby residents and improve safety at the park. FOBPP started its partnership with URI in 2004, and 2008 was the group's fifth year in the Greenspace Program. Friends of Beaver Pond Park has many active participants with long-term visions for how the park can be utilized. They have worked to enhance the natural beauty of the park, improve sightlines, and protect and encourage wildlife by removing invasive vegetation and replanting with native species. FOBPP promotes use of the park by New Haven residents and maintains an alliance with the New Haven Parks and Recreation Department, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), and the New Haven Animal Shelter, which lies within the boundaries of the park. <br> In addition to planting native species and practicing good maintenance, the group's highly energetic and motivated individuals were especially interested this year in de-emphasizing the access road that runs through the Greenspace site. With the help of many loads of woodchips from the Parks Department, the group diligently spread the woodchips along either side of the asphalt road to integrate the road into the natural setting of the Greenspace area and reduce its perceived width. The group also planted lovely new native trees, shrubs, and perennials throughout the expansive site. Some individuals worked to expand and improve the year-old wildflower garden.