2018 Report for Chatham Square Neighborhood Association

Neighborhood:

Fair Haven

Type of Site:

Park Friends

Address:

Chatham St. and Clinton Ave., New Haven, CT

Year

2018

Number of volunteers

25

Total volunteer hours

155

Number of events

8

Number of trees planted

1

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Robinson Crabapple

Number of shrubs planted

21

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Spiraea, Russian Cypress, Low-grow Sumac, Dogwood Tartarian, Blue Princes Holly, Knockout Rose

Number of perennials planted

33

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Heuchera, Daisies, Sedum, Russian Sage, Hemerocallis, Coreopsis

Yards compost spread

0.30

Yards mulch spread

11.00

Other Infrastructure or Materials

Category:

Topsoil

Quantity:

1.00

Details:

This material was used to build up a bed for a new garden.

Category:

Bricks

Quantity:

40.00

Details:

Stones were used to create an edge for the newly raised garden bed.

Summary

The Chatham Square Neighborhood Association (CSNA) continued where they left off last year: stewarding and beautifying Lewis St. Park. Located at the corner of Front Street and Lewis Street, the park is usually buzzing with children and hardly ever silent. The CSNA community Greenspace group, composed of a lot of parents that use the park, met late May to share concerns, build aspirations and set up a plan of execution. Over the course of the summer, they worked diligently and committedly to carry out their plans. They installed two new gardens, finished planting up the hill behind their slide, advocated to have the broken park playground equipment removed, weeded, mulched, and watered the park. But most of all, they built a sense of community by incorporating the neighborhood and its children into their workdays. CSNA concluded its summer its participation in the summer Greenspace Program the same way they did last year, with a tree planting. A Robinson crabapple tree was placed at the upper Lewis Street entrance to the park, with plans to have Greenskills plant a matching one across the street come fall.