Southwest Corridor Park


Volunteer Hour Tracking - Summary

Thank you for all the work you do in the Southwest Corridor Park! Here is a summary of the information entered so far. The first chart shows hours by month. The second provides a listing of entries, including the map location, hours, date and description or comments.

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Summary

617.25 hours tracked so far in 2018

617.25 total volunteer hours

Volunteers worked in more than 19 different garden locations in the Southwest Corridor Park

Volunteer garden stewards work on their own throughout the week and also groups of volunteers work on the approximately 9 volunteer days we have held so far this year.

Volunteers work either on their own; or in small groups; or in larger groups, with up to 75 volunteers working on our largest volunteer day.

On our volunteer days, 85 leaf/compost bags have been filled.


Volunteer Hours - By Group Size (working alone; in a group of 2-4; in a group of 5 or more)

Working alone 241.25 hours
5 or more people 333.5 hours
2-4 people 42.5 hours

Details - by Location and Garden

DateMap Area #Name of AreaHoursComments/DescriptionBags (optional info)Number of people in group
7-21-201805A Potting Garden1.5 hoursWeeded, watered, took photos to analyze changes. 1
7-20-2018SE 46 hoursCommunity service day as part of an IBM summer internship program. Worked in Wellington & Claremont area - weeded, transplanted, pruned. DCR (3 staff) also worked throughout the morning. 15
7-18-201818S Braddock Hill4 hoursEd and I planted at Braddock Hill, tied up perennials at Follen Swale2 bags1
7-16-2018SE 5 hoursPruned, weeded and watered, W. Canton to Mass Ave. Yesterday, pat found a Spicebush Swallowtail larva on a Lindera shrub at Garrison cove. 4 bags1
7-14-201801 Mass Ave Garden2 hoursWeeding; Mass. Ave. and Potting Garden. 1
7-14-201802 Rose Garden2 hoursWeeded throughout, dead headed the rest of the Rose bushes. Set sprinkler to run against the climbing Rose fence and throughout upper lawn for 3 hours. 1 needle reported.  1
7-13-201802 Rose Garden1.5 hoursWeeded the maple and along hillside. Deadheaded some rose bushes. Ran sprinkler under Maple 4 hours.  1
7-13-2018SE 3.5 hoursAdjusted water, upper park, met Terry possible volunteer. Weeded at Greenwich upper terrace. 2 bags1
7-12-20182F Jackson Square Playground Garden9 hoursAt children`s garden from 10 a.m. till sometime after 12 noon. About 1 hour of garden program with children - built worm composting bins; plant labels; watering; fixed rope fence. Also weeded and watered; a few children also watered later in the morning. 9
7-11-201818S Braddock Hill10 hoursPlanted Vernonium at lower Braddock. Found a Spicebush swallowtail larva on Lindera at Garrison, fortunately found before DCR was about to kill the plant.  1
7-7-2018SE 10 hoursWeek of July 1 to July 7, weeded at Durham, pruned up Holyoke, planted at Upper Braddock and Upper Wellington, pruned at Blackwood, weeded out Greenwich Pk and kept up with watering. 6 bags1
7-7-201805A Potting Garden4 hoursWeeding 2
7-7-201802 Rose Garden1.5 hoursPicked up yew trimmings on sidewalk side and weeded edge is I went. I only had one recycle bag so tatted the rest. Raked most the hedge to get cuttings off the top.  1
7-5-201802 Rose Garden1 hoursWeeded, deadheaded Roses, thinned 2 trees suckers to replace old ones. Tree on right is severely in jeopardy. Ants eating away rotting wood. Tree is loosing bark. Need to talk w Franco and pat on it.  1
7-5-20182F Jackson Square Playground Garden3 hoursPrep work in children`s garden. DCR provided the water barrel. Super hot day -- did light weeding, re-arranging, etc. (And took breaks to drink water.) 1
7-4-201805A Potting Garden0.75 hoursWeeding/waterig 1
6-30-201802 Rose Garden1.5 hoursFinished trimming yew hedge. Still need to clean up clippings.  1
6-30-201801 Mass Ave Garden0.75 hoursWeeding in Mass. Ave. garden.1 bags1
6-30-201805A Potting Garden0.75 hoursWeeding and watering in Potting Garden. 1
6-29-20182F Jackson Square Playground Garden3 hoursChildren`s garden -- added more flower seeds & snap peas; worked on cobblestone path; weeded and cut back shoots around crab apple tree. Over the winter, thyme and mint grew into part of the path, and so we are re-establishing the path - moved some mint and cobblestones; pushed back the thyme; one child led a parade of 6- and 7-year olds in circles around the path.  9
6-27-201802 Rose Garden1 hoursTrimmed more of yew hedge. Almost done.  1
6-26-201802 Rose Garden1.5 hoursTrimmed another 1/3 of yew hedge.  1
6-26-201802 Rose Garden1.5 hoursTrimmed another 1/3 of yew hedge.  1
6-25-201802 Rose Garden1.5 hoursTrimmed some more of Yew hedge 1
6-25-201818 W Newton Plaza2 hoursweeded out Newton East, bittersweet, poke weed, oak etc. 8 bags1
6-23-201802 Rose Garden2 hoursWeeded stone path along hillside. Weeded hillside and under rope. Trimmed evergreen hedge at entrance.  1
6-23-201805A Potting Garden2 hoursTransplanted two heather plants from the `purple` garden along the border of the potting garden to the area near the magnolia tree. Now there are 5 heather plants in a semi-circle around the tree. 1
6-22-201802 Rose Garden2 hoursWeeded path around inner circle next to Maple. Weeded top of hill working down to path. Set sprinkler on Maple and ground cover for 5 hours.  1
6-17-2018SE 4 hoursThis morning we found a homeless encampment at the Butterfly Garden, and about 200 sq ft of the garden flattened, police were called. I found a party of 5 at the area between the dog park and the tot lot. Told them to clean up, then later found that they installed a hammock with appropriate rug on the bed. Police called again. I set out more water lines.  1
6-16-2018SE 12 hoursWeeded at Upper wellington and Durham. 6 bags5
6-15-20182F Jackson Square Playground Garden3.5 hoursChildren`s garden, drop in, weeding and planting seeds... Borage squash peas zinnias spinach. 6
6-15-201802 Rose Garden2 hoursWeeded maple circle, set up drip hose on half the garden.  1
6-13-201801 Mass Ave Garden2 hoursTues. & Wed. evening, weeding and watering, Mass. Ave. garden, Wellington Terrace and Potting Garden 1
6-13-201802 Rose Garden2 hoursWeeded and removed wild bushes, uncovered a couple more Roses  1
6-13-2018SE 10 hoursWe dug out Barberry at Rutland Circle then cleaned out foster bed up by dog park6 bags3
6-12-201802 Rose Garden2 hoursTrimmed bushes, removed wild ones, soaked maple and ground cover for 5 hours.  1
6-9-2018SE 1.5 hourswatered, set down soakers at Upper Braddock. Cut down more Braberry at Rutland. Circle.  1
6-6-201818S Braddock Hill8 hoursWeeded and planted at upper Braddock Hill. 6 bags1
6-5-2018SE 3 hoursPlanted sunflower etc Claremont Alley through to Durham swale 1
6-3-201806 Wellington Terrace 5 hoursPlanted seeds, weeded, set soakers2 bags1
6-3-2018All 16 hoursWe went plant shopping at Sylvan nursery and Avant Gardens. Excellent day 1
6-2-201805A Potting Garden2 hoursWeeding and worm-bin setup 2
6-1-2018All 4 hoursPrep for NEU service project 2
6-1-2018All 84 hours37 Northeastern Univ. students worked in the park as a service project as part of their training as student orientation leaders. Students completed projects at Mass. Ave. and Stony Brook; also read about the history of the park and information about the neighborhoods. // 37 students // 5 neighborhood volunteers plus DCR 42
5-28-201802 Rose Garden2.5 hoursWeeded under Maple to expose pachysandra in preparation for NE students.  1
5-28-201802 Rose Garden2.5 hoursWeeded under Maple to expose pachysandra in preparation for NE students.  1
5-28-201804 Butterfly Garden60 hours12 bags5
5-26-201805A Potting Garden3 hoursTransplanted three heather plants to the area by the stepping stones around the magnolia. These plants are hand-me-downs from my building. Watered, weeded. 1
5-23-201818S Braddock Hill10 hoursPut new caart together, set out soakers, planted at Upper Braddock and Follen and marigolds at W Newton.  2
5-22-20182F Jackson Square Playground Garden2.5 hoursPlanted curry plant in border along playground fence; moved borage within the border; weeded main garden; added two thyme plants 1
5-20-201805 Blackwood/Claremont CG Blackwood/Claremont CG3 hoursWeed; plant flowers. 1
5-19-201805A Potting Garden5 hoursTransplanted strawberries, weeded (removed biships weed; weeded vines and grass) 2
5-17-201805A Potting Garden2 hoursWeeding; moved stepping stones around magnolia tree 1
5-15-201804 Greenwich Park CG Greenwich/Cumberland Community Garden12 hoursEd planted, I helped plant the Crabapple at Greenwich, then shopped for stakes to secure the tree.  1
5-15-201802 Follen CG Follen CG2 hourssee previous entry 20
5-15-201803 Braddock Park CG Braddock Park CG2 hoursWe planted 2 trees, removed invasive plants, removed dead shrubs, planted flowers and perennials, at Follen and Braddock, mostly 20
5-12-201801 Mass Ave Garden2 hoursPlanted ground cover rose in front of Mass. Ave. garden, on the edge in front of cherry tree. Planted sage and thyme in Mass. Ave. garden. Two curry plants and 12 lobelias in Potting Garden. Raining this morning. 1
5-11-2018SE 14 hoursWent shopping for plant material for rose Garden etc.  1
5-7-201804 Greenwich Park CG Greenwich/Cumberland Community Garden5 hoursspoke with Pat, re trees, and Karen Hohler re shrubs, planted at Greenwich pk.  1
5-4-201806 Wellington Terrace 1.5 hoursPlanted and watered additional cinquefoil; the original plantings were dry when they were planted and not thriving. 2
4-28-201810 Claremont Island2 hoursWeed, plant, fertilize  1
4-28-201802 Rose Garden12 hoursPark Serve Day: 5 volunteers and 4 DCR staff. Volunteers planted pachysandra in the circle around the Japanese maple and transplanted some of the scilla within the circle and along the side of the path. DCR staff put in wooden stakes and rope to fence off the circle and the garden beds. DCR also purchased and delivere the plants, rope and wooden stakes (a $200 budget from ParkServe.)  5
4-24-201805A Potting Garden1 hoursWatering 1
4-23-201805A Potting Garden3 hoursSunday night / Monday morning - watering 1
4-22-2018SE 6 hoursSaturday & Sunday -- Garden prep for the School Group Earth Day event -- Jennifer, Mike, Bruce. 3
4-22-2018SE 50 hoursSchool Volunteer Day - Earth Day - With Kingsley Montessori School. A great turnout of children and families. City Compost brought two buckets of compost and the families brought bins of compost from Bootstrap compost. Planting seedlings and seeds, spreading compost and turning over soil. We put cinquefoil, columbine and anemone in the Wellington Terrace garden (at the end). Heather, phlox and violas alongside Blackwood Green at one end of the potting garden area. Daisies (osterspermum), alyssum and violas at the stepping stone path side of the potting garden. Strawberries and herbs along the border; vegetables in the containers. Started turning over the soil in the rose garden. Short walking tours to look at the butterfly garden and rose garden. // 50 hours of very productive work time -- everyone was really engaged and did a lot of planting! 75
4-18-201814A Durham Swale11 hoursplanted at Greenwich, shopped at Mahoney`s, planted grass at Durham.  1
4-15-201805A Potting Garden2 hours 1
4-14-201805A Potting Garden0.5 hours 1
4-13-201814A Durham Swale10 hoursfenced in Durham, pruned back Yews at Round Window. Washed work gloves. walked the park planning.  1
4-12-201818N Follen Swale3 hoursCleaned out Follen6 bags1
4-9-2018SE 4 hoursplanted flowers, pruned, tied up pine, removed rose from foster bed, made signs, fed HOLYOKE, SPREAD gypsum at Claremont.  1
4-6-201804 Greenwich Park CG Greenwich/Cumberland Community Garden2 hoursMet with Pat about the Feral Cats at Claremont,and Aserating the grass areas.  1
3-29-2018All 2 hoursdiscussed Wendy/funraising and Joe Copolla/donation.  1
3-29-2018SE 4 hoursSpread ashes on Lilacs, organized Clarendon Storage, raked Holyoke and dog park border, cleaned out homeless trash and dead branches. 6 bags1
3-24-201804 Greenwich Park CG Greenwich/Cumberland Community Garden25 hoursCleaned up mostly at Claremont Blackwood and Greenwich. 6 bags12
3-22-2018All 4 hoursDid budget, met w pat about park projects and concerns, planned for volunteer day. 1
3-13-201805 Blackwood/Claremont CG Blackwood/Claremont CG5 hoursShopped for stuff at Home Depot, Set seeds, emails, plans, purchased hellebores at Star, shook snow off tender trees.  1
2-28-201803 Braddock Park CG Braddock Park CG2 hoursStaked trees at Braddock Hill and in front of the Tiffany`s house.  1
2-16-2018SE 3 hourspruned Larix, set up stump for bees, pruned Hamamelis, roses and grasses 1
2-15-2018SE 3 hoursWith Pat, Ed and Mike R at Rose Garden, then along entire park pruning and repairing and putting up fence.  1
2-7-201807 Claremont Green3 hoursPruned with Pat Driscoll at Butterfly Meadow, Wellington and Claremont. Spoke about repairs with Pat and Ben.  1
Total  617.25 hours 85 bags