2009 Report for Saltonstall And Lloyd


Fair Haven

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Vacant Lot





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The Saltonstall and Lloyd Community Greenspace Group has been involved in the program for seven years. In 2002 community volunteers transformed an abandoned lot into a beautiful urban oasis. This was no small feat in that two homes previously standing on this single lot were demolished and their foundations were simply left buried in the ground. Nevertheless, the group managed to excavate as much of the foundation as possible enabling them to plant several shrubs and perennial gardens around the perimeter of the park, as well as a series of pin oak trees in the center of the park.<br> Two years ago, the group became an active site after being designated an emeritus site the year before (2006). In 2007, the group planted a total of 13 street trees in addition to maintaining the park itself. Last year, the group focused more on community-building and outreach in addition to the maintenance of previous plantings. This year the group continued to act as stewards of this Greenspace.<br> Site description:<br> Throughout the history of the program, the group has planted street trees along the entire length of Saltonstall Avenue and most recently along Lloyd Street between Chapel Street and Saltonstall Avenue. These trees, mostly kwanzan cherries, crabapples, and purple-leaf plums, provide a rainbow of color in the springtime. The focal point of this neighborhood is the aforementioned park located on the corner of Saltonstall Avenue and Lloyd Streets. This park features several different types of shrubs of all sizes including hydrangea, purple leaf plum, inkberry, and several varieties of evergreens. There are pin oak trees in the center of the park which provide shade over hand-made slate benches. The corner of the park features a small garden of several varieties of sedum plants which provide an interesting color contrast to the darker greens in the park.