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.

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2193 hours tracked so far in 2019

2193 total volunteer hours

Volunteers worked in more than 25 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 19 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 60 volunteers working on our largest volunteer day.

On our volunteer days, 328 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 896.75 hours
5 or more people 920 hours
2-4 people 376.25 hours

Details - by Location and Garden

DateMap Area #Name of AreaHoursComments/DescriptionBags (optional info)Number of people in group
12-31-201905A Steppingstone Garden3.25 hoursVarious dates / Winter maintenance / picking up trash / storing garden items 1
12-23-2019SE 2 hoursToday, in the 50`s and sunny. Buds are swelling already. I pruned at W. Canton, Lower Braddock.  1
12-7-201926 Harcourt Corner4 hoursLincoln may log this day in on his own. When I worked with him, we went to look at a new tree donated by former steward Helen Powell. We cleaned out the storage chest and I measured for the seed bed.  2
11-22-201902 Rose Garden2 hoursPut up fence for lawn and raked lawn 1
11-21-2019SE 1 hoursMoved leaves, clearing debris, plan winter preparation 1
11-12-2019SE 30 hoursSeptember, October, November - clearing, planting, repairing, etc. 1
11-11-201901 Harcourt/Canton CG Harcourt/Canton CG3 hoursHelped Lincoln Hyatt install cobbles, clear leaves and old plants 1
11-10-201922 Holyoke Path5 hoursGeoff and Lincoln placed bricks along the edge of the grass strips, while Lincoln also learned to use the weed wacker. Kim and I discussed her garden, gathered a wheel barrow full of soil 1
11-1-201902 Rose Garden6 hoursTrimmed Rose bushes for season and perennials. Cleaned up garbage. Raked leaves out under maple ground over.  1
10-26-2019SE 4 hoursgathered hoses, planted epimedium, pruned out Euonymous alatus, rolled up soakers, sharpened tools, did a bit of organizing. Raging Autumn color: Cercidiphyllum, Rhus, azalea and Tupelo.  1
10-12-201905A Steppingstone Garden2.75 hoursBrought steppingstones from Mission Hill to garden. Follow-up= laid out stones, additional weeding, watering, various dates. 2
10-10-2019SE 15 hoursOct 5 to Oct 8. Planted at Holyoke, at Claremont Green and Follen, Grasses, Roses, Thyme and Sedum, Hostas Cherry tree at Greenwich 3
10-8-2019SE 6 hoursCapitol One volunteer group worked with Karen to clear the vines from the back fence in the Butterfly Garden Extension and Steppingstone Garden. 3
10-8-201905A Steppingstone Garden2 hoursJennifer worked with Karen & Capitol One volunteer group; laid out square paving stones to continue the steppingstone path and a small square of pavers for herb plantings. Went to Mission Hill Farmers Market for plants. (The vendor had saved catmint for me -- even bringing it home overnight in anticipation of a frost.) Also decorative pepper plants. 1
10-3-2019SE 14 hoursWorked in Butterfly Garden and Steppingstone Garden. Bob worked with volunteers to lay the cobblestones in the steppingstone path. 7
10-2-2019SE 5 hoursSpent 2 hours with Pat over planting and isting trees, and new development etc at Northampton Green. We plan to have the trees next to the develoment at Newcastle taken down. Helped Althea prune at Claremont, moved catmint for Jennifer, fixed water at Dog Park for new tree.  1
10-1-201902 Rose Garden9 hoursDead headed Roses and started cutting them back for winter season. Trimmed Yew hedge along sidewalk again for the winter season.  1
10-2019SE 200 hoursVolunteer hours for September and October. 20 bags1
9-28-201924 Carleton Sidewalk32 hoursWe cleaned up the yard and planted sedum at roped off area under Platanus.  2
9-27-2019SE 3 hoursMet today with Karen and Althea about the transition in the Butterfly Meadow. Nothing much to report here yet. Planted Hakon grass at Canton and Giant Japanese fern at Upper Durham Swale. Talked with Northeast tree guys who cut down sick Hemlocks at Newton North.  1
9-22-201922 Holyoke Path3 hoursI planted the Franklinia at Garrison Cove. Set up water in entire park. No rain for a long period.  1
9-21-2019SE 14 hoursIn the am we cleaned up at Claremont , then worked the watering along the park. Dug holes and fixed the soakers. Carla and I went to Cochata, bought a Franklinia tree. 4
9-21-2019SE 1 hoursToday the State Police and Boston Police were on the park 3 times to deal with multiple instances of drug use. Pat the homeless kid has trash up on Newton North. Worse today than ever. But maybe we are getting used to it?  1
9-21-201905A Steppingstone Garden22 hoursCleared and emporarily fenced the border between Steppingstone garden (Potting Garden) and Butterfly Garden. Filled small square planters and transplanted raspberries. Turned over soil in Steppingstone garden to prepare for new plantings and stones. 11
9-20-2019SE 12 hoursMet wth Jennifer and Jennifer Norwood in the AM, set up watering system, continued with Austin in the afternoon 2
9-16-201905A Steppingstone Garden1 hoursTransplanted Celendine (yellow wildflower) into one square of the garden. Watered, weeded. Worked on drawing showing proposed changes in garden layout. 1
9-14-201905A Steppingstone Garden2.5 hoursWorking on re-design for garden. Moved steppingstones, moved planters, pruned, cleared space in back for cat mint.  1
9-13-201907 Claremont Green22 hoursWe put down a stone path and planted grasses and others at the alley on Claremont Green4 bags10
9-12-201905A Steppingstone Garden1.5 hoursPlanted Heal-All and Cinquefoil in garden. Also weeded and pruned and opened up path alongside butterfly garden; removed some of the tall plants. 1
9-12-2019All 7 hoursFranco went up to Van Berkum Nursery in New Hampshire. Purchased plants for the Claremont Green.  1
9-10-201924 Carleton Sidewalk4 hoursWith Pat and Mike, we planted the Tupelo. 3
9-9-201918 W Newton Plaza6 hoursI did a Home Depto run for the park, Mike and Pat drove out to Bigelow, brought back 2 crab apples, dug and planted them, watered around the park ,and dug a hole for the Tupelo.  4
9-2-2019SE 15 hoursLots of housekeeping, with a mortality mid week past. Watered, weeded, pruned and sheared hedges. Reset soakers at grass island in front of Dog Park 2
9-1-201902 Rose Garden8 hoursPlanted bleeding hearts under witch hazel trees. Cut selected witch hazel potential trees. Planted a rose bush offered from another area. Raked lawn and put down grass seed. Dead headed Roses. Watered plants 1
8-28-2019SE 70 hoursNortheastern University ACES program, 18 students, plus Franco, Lincoln, Karen, Mike, and Jennifer. We worked in the Rose Garden, Butterfly Garden, Wellington Terrace, and all along the park, especially at W. Newton St. and Durham Swale. Transplanted day lilies into Rose Garden, weeded, etc.6 bags23
8-26-201913A Durham Green10 hoursToday we set our water, and fenced off a London Plane at the dog Park, fencing it off and laying down soakers and mulch. Then we planted Solomon`s Seal at the Liza memorial tree at Durham Green.  2
8-25-201901 Harcourt/Canton CG Harcourt/Canton CG3 hours 2
8-24-201901 Mass Ave Garden0.75 hoursWeeding in Mass. Ave. garden. Also transplanted violets in the corner where nothing grows. 1
8-24-201905A Steppingstone Garden0.75 hoursWeeding and watering 1
8-23-20192F Jackson Square Playground Garden2 hoursOne adult, three children. Weeded. Children cut seedheads from flowers and transplanted some flowers that were growing in the pathways. A few late strawberries are growing. "They taste like real ones!" 4
8-17-201918N Follen Swale5 hoursToday we built a barricade with stakes and fence at Upper Follen where the folks sleep and do drugs. We also pruned back 2 of the overgrown Viburnum.  2
8-16-201904 Greenwich Park CG Greenwich/Cumberland Community Garden5 hoursWent to Home Depot for stakes, A Thomas in Milton for Roses, planted 5 roses along fence line NE corner of Greenwich Garden to act as a barrier to drug pushers. This Am Jennifer found a backpack full of paraphernalia, I called 911 on a group of 5 at upper Follen.  2
8-14-20192F Jackson Square Playground Garden1.5 hoursWeeding, watering, also enjoying & sharing mint etc. 3
8-12-201927 West Canton Green6 hoursWe moved hostas off Harcourt into Canton, then planted Rhodys in the spaces vacated.  2
8-9-2019SE 9 hoursCoordinating and leading volunteer event for Red Pine Scholars. 2
8-9-2019SE 180 hoursRed Pine Scholars, with the Philanthropic Initiative, volunteered with the park for the second year in a row. This is a statewide scholarship program for students from throughout Massachusetts. New students meet for a day-long event before school starts, with meetings in the morning and a volunteer event with us in the afternoon. Volunteers worked in the Rose Garden, Butterfly Garden, Potting Garden, Carleton Court Dog Park, Claremont Green and painted barrels all along the park. 60 students and six stewards.15 bags60
8-8-201918 W Newton Plaza2 hourswe weeded and mulched at Newton East2 bags1
8-8-20192F Jackson Square Playground Garden3 hoursChildren`s garden - planted pepper plants 8
8-5-2019SE 8 hoursWe planted costa and others, weeded at Newton West, Braddock upper and lower, watered at Durham. 8 bags4
8-5-20192F Jackson Square Playground Garden2 hoursTurned over soil and weeded. 1
8-4-201905A Steppingstone Garden3 hoursCumulative hours over the past few weeks - weeding 20-30 minutes at a time. Added flowers (purchased from Hillside Gardens in Cambridge) 1
8-2-20192F Jackson Square Playground Garden4 hoursTurned over soil and planted seeds (marigolds, peas, nasturtium) 8
8-1-201902 Rose Garden8 hoursWatered the whole garden area moving sprinkler. Pruned Roses. Picked up trash. Trimmed bushes.  1
7-29-2019SE 4 hoursSet up soakers and sprinklers, fixed and moved hoses, found hoses broken and disturbed by the homeless, moved a sleeping man from Braddock then from Durham Swale.  1
7-29-201904 Greenwich Park CG Greenwich/Cumberland Community Garden2 hoursCleaned out Greenwich Pk garden entry, pruned back azalea.6 bags1
7-28-201924 Carleton Sidewalk3 hoursWe planted at Dog Park Border and set water on.  1
7-24-201927 West Canton Green2 hoursWeeded out Canton.  1
7-22-201902 Rose Garden25 hoursCleaned out Wellington Reach, spread mulch at Rose Garden20 bags12
7-14-2019SE 6 hoursWent shopping at Cochituate Native Plant Nursery and met Chuck Doughty, owner and also Landscape Program Director at Northeastern. Planted Viburnum at Lower Braddock and Spikenard at Durham green. 4 Rabbits in Rose Garden, and hole dug at Durham Green.  1
7-1-2019SE 2.5 hoursContinued shearing. passed tool on to Bob from Greenwich 1
7-2019SE 50 hours10 bags1
6-29-201905 Blackwood/Claremont CG Blackwood/Claremont CG2 hoursWe planted petunias 2
6-22-201913A Durham Green4 hoursPurchased new Hedge clipper, shaved 100 ft or so and met with pat for 1/2 hr. 2 bags1
6-16-2019SE 60 hoursBoston Cares with Me and Carla and the Hyatts. Weeded at Rose Garden, raised bed at Wellington. Planted at SW corner of Blackwood. Later, Lincoln and Grandma planted at Canton6 bags20
6-9-2019SE 10 hoursGorgeous day out on the park with Lincoln, Carla, Karen Hohler, Scott, Karen Golder All planting, pruning cleaning and painting, planning and what not. I located the two hidden couplers at Blackwood.  1
6-8-201918N Follen Swale11 hoursWe planted hostas, set up water at Canton, planted sedum at Braddock and transplanted a Barberry from Rutland Oval to Upper Follen. Gave Lincoln his first list of Flowers  3
6-8-201914A Durham Swale32 hoursAngel works alone about 3 hours per day at the West Newton N and Upper Durham Swale, removing invasive and helping care for new plants.  1
6-7-2019All 2 hoursWeeded at Braddock, spoke with Mike R, Susan S., Angel, Carla and Scott 1
6-5-2019RX 10 hoursPlanted flowers in the octagon garden at Jackson Square (not the children`s garden, but a nearby space). / Approx. 15 children, 2 group leaders, 2 parents 19
6-5-201902 Rose Garden1 hoursWeeded around roses and along rope line on right side.  1
6-4-201902 Rose Garden3 hoursEdged grass under rope, opened grass area though blocked off area with a lot of new grass seed planted in April. Weeded throughout.  1
6-2019SE 70 hoursHours tracked through my Apple Watch activity. Work performed in section 1 near Carleton Court Dog Park. 15 bags1
5-29-20192F Jackson Square Playground Garden0.75 hoursWeeding in children`s garden. Laid down grass/weed clippings in pathways. Also had follow-up conversation -- a volunteer from Bromley Heath will take care of filling the water barrel this year. (But we have not needed to water yet!) 1
5-26-201905A Steppingstone Garden1.5 hoursPlanted seedlings - squash (4), eggplant (4), parsley (6), calendula (12). Also zinnia seeds. Weeding. 1
5-20-201918S Braddock Hill4 hoursplanted up at Braddock hill and roses at Uppermost Follen Swale.  1
5-19-201914A Durham Swale12.5 hourscleaned up Durham, planted Lilies on Durham Hill 4
5-18-2019SE 25 hoursWe Dug out Lilies at durham and replanted them at durham Hill and Rutland4 bags12
5-16-201901 Mass Ave Garden0.5 hoursWeeding 1
5-15-2019SE 68 hoursAm Group of Master Gardeners (4) planted Hosta etc at Canton, other flowers at Upper Braddock. Seadar group moved mulch at Canton and Greenwich and Karols, moved Lily of the Valley from Durham to Rutland. Found 4 needles. 12 bags26
5-8-20192F Jackson Square Playground Garden4 hoursTwo adults and five children - planted peas, borage and nasturtium. 7
5-8-201927 West Canton Green5 hoursPlanted watered and moved soil onto canton bed 3
5-4-2019SE 12.5 hoursPlanted Thistle, Willow sticks, Hyssop and Mum, dug up and moved 15 hostas from tot Lot corner, mulched at Harcourt, Canton, more Tibetan flags at upper Braddock. Found 2 Morel Mushrooms.  4
4-27-2019All 62 hoursWorked mostly at Claremont park. Mulched, removed Goat Weed, put int the path, pruned back the Holly, planted alyssum10 bags20
4-25-2019SE 10 hoursMet w Pat over Park Serve Day, planted Mums at tennis court, Coshosh in Holyoke circle, moved out 2 Acanthus Mollis and moved them to Upper Braddock, next to Euonymous and Castanea.  1
4-22-201902 Rose Garden1 hoursTransplanted an old burning bush not in good shape from another part of corridor into hedge where one had died. Transplanted 3 wild spirea from the dogwood area into spirea hedge. Pruned dogwoods lower and some at base for visibility into garden. Tried to cut out spirea growing within the dogwood.  1
4-21-201902 Rose Garden2.5 hoursMoved Japanese iris to each side of grass entrance. Cut down tall Grasses from last year and raked. Planted 4 roses, 2 replacing those stepped on by regular visitors while the ground is wet so they walk in the flower beds. Hybrid yellow tea rose / 4-5 ft nearcorner of wrought iron fence and circle. In front of it Floribundas red rose “intrigue” grows 2 1/2 feet. Where the Japanese iris where on the right side of circle planted Floribundas red rose “Trumpeter” grows 2 1/2 ft. Between the first two evergreens neaxt to grass planted Floribunda yellow w pink “Sunflare” grows 2 1/2 feet1 bags1
4-21-2019SE 6 hoursWe moved and planted perennials the entire park.  3
4-20-201902 Rose Garden2 hoursOverseeded grass with drought tolerant kentucky bluegrass and fescues and raked it in.  1
4-20-201902 Rose Garden18 hoursGreat group, willing to work in pouring rain. Rain stopped before work started and only sprinkled a few times. Manually aerated grass area with pitch forks and raked the thatch out of the grass. Dug a trough along hill flower bed to stop water runoff to lawn. Also did some weeding and removal of grass from the flower beds. 6 bags8
4-19-201927 West Canton Green20 hoursWe planted at Canton and across from tot lot, tied up the Cedrus, planted Ilex, moved soil, built the fence, and cleaned out canton. 10 bags18
4-18-201927 West Canton Green25 hoursWE planted the Cedrus atlanticus with DCR, the Dogwood, the shrubs at Canton, removed yard waste, reset cobblestones, removed dead material, Lots of work 35 bags18
4-16-2019All 12 hoursWe went to Cavicchio and to Garden in the woods for plant material for the park 3
4-12-201918S Braddock Hill2 hoursCleaned up and weeded upper Braddock. 10 bags2
4-11-201905A Steppingstone Garden0.5 hoursRaking out garden before Marathon weekend 1
4-11-201901 Mass Ave Garden0.5 hoursRaking out garden before Marathon weekend 1
4-10-201902 Rose Garden2 hoursRaked and bagged entry to Rose Garden. 4 bags1
4-9-2019SE 4 hoursFinished applying mulch to second half of flower beds in front of Carleton Court Dog Park 1
4-7-201918S Braddock Hill6 hoursRaked and mulched at lower Braddock. Tracy and Josephine came by to name the Chestnut. 6 bags2
4-6-2019SE 5 hoursCleaned out Tot Lot, harcourt storage area, planted willow sticks, cleaned out Greenwich. 4 bags2
4-2-2019SE 18 hoursRepainted and replaced 2 green benches in Carleton Court Dog Park, and 1 bench in Carleton kids blue playground. 1
4-2-201918S Braddock Hill5 hoursPlanned the planting at Canton, cleaned up and mulched Lower Braddock4 bags2
4-1-2019SE 3 hoursApplied mulch to first half of flower bed next to Carleton Court Dog Park 1
4-1-2019All 24 hoursedit of previous posting 1
4-1-2019All 2 hoursWe met with Jen Kettel and walked the park learning about best practices. Then Ed and I spent an hour staring fundraising envelopes. A cold 42 degrees.  12
3-30-201902 Rose Garden1.5 hoursTrimmed big rose bush and cut out dead wood, trimmed other rose bushes along metal fence.  1
3-29-201902 Rose Garden2 hoursTrimmed Rose bushes to top of hill 1
3-28-201902 Rose Garden5 hoursRaked under maple, circle and a bit into the beds. Trimmed some rose bushes. 9 bags1
3-27-2019All 6 hoursWe went to Cavicchio and spaced out dogwoods, Cedrus atlantic`s and others.  1
3-26-2019SE 18 hoursWe raked leaves and put up fencing all at Follen and Braddock. 24 bags7
3-23-2019SE 20 hoursCleaned up at Harcourt, Canine Vista and Canton Green. Removed Ivy, leaves and trash, reset fence, dug out and moved an Arborvitae. 8 bags10
3-21-2019SE 3 hoursCleared leaves/debris in the flowerbeds next to the Carleton Court Dog Park.  1
3-20-201924 Carleton Sidewalk2 hours 1
3-19-201921 Carleton Path5 hours 1
3-18-2019SE 9 hoursWe cleaned out Foster bed, set out "keep Off" signs, started the rope fencing at Follen and Braddock.  3
3-18-2019SE 3 hours 1
3-16-2019All 5 hoursPruned at Blackwood, went to Home Depot in Somerville and bought stakes etc.  1
3-13-2019All 8 hoursPurchased storage bin at Home depot, talked about the park plans for the Park Serve day. Picked up bin at Home Depot.  1
3-13-2019SE 8 hours 1
3-11-2019All 2 hoursVandalism and theft at Harcourt. Tools stolen, cart stolen. Spoke with Pat. Dropped off Browne Fund Application. etc etc.  1
3-1-2019All 6 hoursPaypal work, Trip to Arnold to look at Acer griseum, 2 hrs pruning and laminating, 2 hours review of Browne Fund application for Durham Oval 1
3-201921 Carleton Path30 hoursCleaned/raked up leaves in multiple flower gardens. Pruned/trimmed branches all around the South End/Carleton Court area. (Carleton Path, Canine Vista, Tot Lot, Holyoke Circle) 1
2-22-2019SE 2 hoursPruned at Canton, Durham 1
2-18-2019All 36 hoursWrote up application for funding from "Love your Block"  1
2-15-201914 Durham Oval4 hoursPlanning session, Durham Oval.  1
2-10-201905A Steppingstone Garden2 hoursPruned at Cumberland, fixed fence at dog path.  1
2-5-2019SE 4 hoursGorgeous day in Boston. Cleaned up at Harcourt, Upper Braddock, Greenwich. Pruned, cleaned up. discussed pruning with Pat. 4 bags1
1-26-201916E Basketball Hill2 hoursA glorious cool sunny winter day. I rolled up soccer hoses at the Dog Park and pruned the rambling Juniper lower Basketball hill.1 bags1
1-15-201925 Canine Vista2 hoursCleaned out Foster Bed Area, met w Pat and Bob Doherty (Greenwich Pk) about pruning and replacement of lilacs at Greenwich.  1
1-14-2019SE 2 hoursMet with Pat, and then Ben park wide concerning 1. Adjusting fence in Foster Bed.2. Drains at Follen 3. Grinding pathways to adjust for settling of concrete 4. Planting a memorial tree at Durham, 5. Durham restoration. 6 Pruning at Greenwich. 7. Mulching park wide. 8. Northampton green issues from landscaping to repairing walkway at entry to T. 9. Aerating soil in the Spring 10. Park Serve day and painting the ironwork up at Mass Ave.  1
1-13-2019All 6 hoursPlanning for the year.  1
1-2-2019SE 119 hoursall volunteer hours for 2019-many different sections 1
0-2019All 100 hoursPlanting, Pruning, Weeding, Cleaning50 bags2
0-201905 Blackwood/Claremont CG Blackwood/Claremont CG215 hours14 Wednesdays between April and October 2019-a variety of gardens between Mass Ave and Follen  16
Total  2193 hours 328 bags