2008 Report for Shepard And Huntington



Type of Site:

Vacant Lot


455 Huntington, New Haven, CT, 06511

Address Geocoded

POINT (-72.929047 41.33241)



Number of volunteers


Total volunteer hours


Number of shrubs planted


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1 ninebark, 3 weigelia (wine and roses), 3 little prince spirea, 2 inkberry

Number of perennials planted


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2 ornamental grasses, 7 yarrow

Yards mulch spread



This group formed last year to clean up a vacant lot in the heart of Newhallville. It was led by Melanie Boykin, a single mother who, having moved into the neighborhood two years before, wanted to show her own and other neighborhood children something more positive and beautiful than the predominate activity on the block. Last year the group worked primarily on the southern half of the lot (toward Shepard Street), transforming a weedy dumping ground to a neatly laid-out and colorful park space. They formalized the cut-through on the corner into a cobbled path that neighborhood children helped to decorate. This year the group, under the leadership of Melanie and her neighbor Ken Joyner, enhanced the beds, adding several new shrubs and perennials. However, the group focused most of its attention on working with LCI, the Parks Department, and the Regional Water Authority, to clear the debris in the northern half of the lot and to establish a water connection to facilitate easier maintenance of plantings. The debris in the back of the lot has been removed, literally clearing the way for further enhancing of the park next year. The group is still waiting on the water connection.