2019 Report for Blake Street Pocket Park

Neighborhood:

Beaver Hills

Type of Site:

Vacant Lot

Address:

187 Blake Street, New Haven, CT, 06515

Year

2019

Number of volunteers

22

Total volunteer hours

154

Number of events

8

Number of shrubs planted

14

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Shrub weigela, blue maid holly, blue prince holly, inkberry

Number of perennials planted

71

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Groundcover weigela, ajuga, geraniums, oak leaf hydrangea, blue star juniper, variegated liriope, coral bells, black eyed susans, pardon me daylilies, agastache, joe pye weed, white sage, mouse ear hostas, guacamole hostas, pointed-tip hostas, coneflowers, bugbane, false indigo, variegated yucca, creeping phlox, purple sage, happy returns daylilies

Yards mulch spread

7.00

Other Infrastructure or Materials

Category:

Stonedust

Quantity:

9.50

Summary

Blake Street Pocket Park is a vacant lot that a group of artistic Beaver Hills neighbors have transformed into a small sloping park. The group started its second year with an ambitious list of infrastructural and planting-related goals. Because of its high number of volunteers, they were able to work on all of these goals concurrently, and, by August, achieve every one of them. In eight workdays, Blake Street finished the central walking path, established a new planting bed at the center of the park, planted perennials in all existing beds, and created a holly bush border to demarcate the property line. Where there once was an overgrown slope there now is a thoughtfully designed place for children, adults, and urban wildlife alike to linger in nature. The volunteers that drove this transformation have shown how much can be achieved when a community combines creative energies and works towards a common goal.