Spring Clean-up & Rain Garden Planting

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It’s time for some spring cleaning! Many of you have volunteered your time over the past several years for our annual spring litter clean up. This year, the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will host two work days on April 16th and May 7th to begin work on a rain garden and beautification project, in addition to the annual litter clean up in conjunction with the Spring Redd Up. Recently, SHNA was lucky to receive a $1,000 Love Your Block Grant from the City of Pittsburgh to help fund phase one of the rain garden. We especially need your support to help build this garden for the community! In addition, we will be planting Hop plants in collaboration with the Hops on Lots program. There is a job for everyone! In past years, the event has been a fantastic way for neighbors to get to know one another and build a sense of community.

Both events kick off at 8:00 am with registration, coffee and donuts and a safety talk. Clean up & planting work will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Please join us, and share this invitation with your neighbors!

4/16/16: Stanton Heights Community Clean up and Rain Garden Work Day 1
8:00 am – Registration
9:00 am – Work begins
Meet at the Allegheny Cemetery Community Garden—fence gate will be open

The focus for this cleanup / workday will be preparing the space for the rain garden at the intersection at Stanton Ave. and McCandless St.

  • Litter & illegally dumped items will need to be removed from this space, garden beds will need to be dug, compost will be added to the beds and hop plants will be planted along the retaining wall and possibly trellised.
  • Volunteers who are uncomfortable with the steep grade of the hillside will be encouraged to help with a litter pick up along the main roadways of Stanton Heights.
  • Volunteers with small children will be encouraged to help with a clean up / invasive species removal at the greenspace at Stanton and Woodbine.
5/7/16: Stanton Heights Rain Garden Work Day 2.
8:00 am – Registration
9:00 am – Work begins
Meet at the Allegheny Cemetery Community Garden—fence gate will be open

The focus of this work day will be finalizing bed preparation and planting in the rain garden at Stanton and Woodbine.
  • Native plants will be added to the rain garden and mulch will be added to ensure that they retain moisture between large rains.
  • Hop plant trellises will be completed.  Landscape rocks will be added around beds.
Need more information? Contact:
Michael Sturges 412.606.7542 mjpsturges@gmail.com
Jim Heinrich 412.782.1313 jheinrich81354@gmail.com
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