2015 Report for Fairmont Park

Neighborhood:

East Shore/Annex

Type of Site:

Park Friends

Address:

100 Clifton Street, New Haven, CT

Year

2015

Number of volunteers

23

Total volunteer hours

95

Number of events

4

Number of perennials planted

44

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Daylily, Shasta Daisy, Coreposis, Echinacea, Joe Pye weed, pachysandra

Yards mulch spread

4.00

Summary

A majority of Fairmont Park’s work this season can be defined in one word: reclamation. Over the course of the summer, the group was able to: reclaim and replant a butterfly garden; free two benches from burning bush’s ever-present crawl; release a grove of cedar trees from mugwort and wisteria; and clear a field of mugwort in preparation for a dog park. The final two tasks were by far amongst the largest we set out to do, and were only accomplished with the help of a group of fifteen student volunteers from EXPLO. Slower (and far less immediate/visible) progress was made on creating a vision and program plan for the development of Upper Fairmont. After organizing against the insertion of a cell tower two years ago, the space remains empty, and prone to neglect. The surrounding neighborhood has expressed interest in the creation of a dog park and splash pad (amongst other options).

Other activity

removed a field of invasive mugwort and some burning bush