Lower State - High School In The Community

Volunteer Leader(s):

Christina Kane

Neighborhood: Downtown

Type of Site: Streetscape Streetscape

Address: Crown Street and State Street, New Haven, CT

Intern(s):

2016 Greenspace Report

The Lower State group is a partnership between The Grove (a non-profit located downtown) and students at High School in the Community. The group completed its second summer of work at the median on State Street between Crown and Chapel. In 2015, Grove employees and students identified this area as needing restoration and stewardship care because New Haven residents often travel across the median as they commute between downtown and the train station. This year, the group focused on maintaining two perennial beds – shade-loving plants under the Zelkova tree grove and rose bushes at the sunny end of the median – and adding more perennials to the space. By partnering with the Town Green Ambassadors, the group was able to water all the perennials during the hot summer months. During the final two weeks of the season, they invested in the long-term vitality of the Zelkova grove as a park space by removing the landscape fabric from around the trees and replacing this cover with woodchips.

2016 Accomplishments

  • 5 shrubs planted (Five 'Knockout' rose bushes planted in three small perennial beds)
  • 13 perennials planted (9 cat mint planted in three small perennial beds, 4 Hakonechloa planted in shaded perennial bed as replacement plantings)
  • 0.5 yards compost spread
  • 1.5 yards mulch spread
  • 4 events
  • 12 volunteers
  • 47 volunteer hours