2018 Report for Victims of Gun Violence

Neighborhood:

Westville/Amity

Type of Site:

Park Friends

Address:

105 Valley Street, New Haven, CT, 06515

Year

2018

Number of volunteers

42

Total volunteer hours

242

Number of events

8

Number of trees planted

3

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Redbud, Stellar Dogwood

Number of shrubs planted

0

Number of perennials planted

43

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Black Eyed Susans, Variegated Liriope, Guacamole Hostas, Phlox, Pow Pow Echinacea, Mouse Ear Hostas, Plantain Hostas, Coral Bells, Variegated Hostas

Yards mulch spread

2.00

Other Infrastructure or Materials

Category:

Topsoil

Quantity:

1.00

Summary

The Victims of Gun Violence are a group of mothers who all lost children to gun violence. Their goal is to come together and remember their children, and to bring attention to the issue of gun violence in New Haven. This year the Victims of Gun Violence held their first work days in anticipation for the upcoming Victims of Gun Violence memorial set to be built at 105 Valley Street. The future site of the memorial is a large open area. The area that people will park is about 100 yards down the road, and the space in between the future garden and parking is a forgotten space, filled with weeds and trash blown in by the wind. The group began their work in this space. They started by clearing weeds, and through the work of community members, firemen, and the mothers, they ended the season clearing the entire area, planting 3 trees, 43 perennials, and spreading topsoil and grass seed. This is work of passion, healing, and a community coming together. Their work is testament to what can be done when many hands are put together for a common cause.