Bradley Street Pocket Park

Volunteer Leader(s):

John Martin

Neighborhood: Downtown

Type of Site: Vacant Lot Vacant Lot

Address: Bradley Street & State Street, New Haven, CT, 06511


Photo Gallery

spreading soil
mount topsoil
berm building
Two plants in new dirt
New plants in dirt
Newly planted greenery
Man preparing ground for plants
Cleaned garden area

2021 Greenspace Report

Mulberry Jam, or “The Bradley St. Pocket Park” is a downtown group dedicated to transforming a section of land next to the Bradley St. bike co-op (owned by group leader John Martin). The site is partially fenced in (that part owned by DOT) and partially abuts the street (that part owned by the city). Ming Thompson is a local architect who has helped the group come up with a master plan to remove DOT fencing and put in a large natural stone bench to create an inviting and accessible green urban enclave. The group is excited for this master plan to manifest, until then the work has been/will be primarily focused on maintenance and light planting. John’s bike co-op is next door and he keeps an eye on the place while providing water and help. This year, planting a series of hostas (10) were exciting because they cover the base of the chainlink fence on the left of the site. Additionally, group members were happy to supplement existing liriope and coral bells, which historically thrive on the site.

2021 Accomplishments

  • 25 perennials planted (8 liriope, 6 coral bells, 11 hostas)
  • 5.0 yards mulch spread
  • 5 events
  • 16 volunteers
  • 31 volunteer hours