Posts Tagged ‘Greenspace’
Start 2015 with brisk January walk around Stanton Heights! The newly formed Green Committee will be leading a walking tour of the neighborhood, showing areas of progress and areas where we’d like to focus in the upcoming year. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved and learn more about the work your neighbors have done to keep Stanton Heights a beautiful community through projects such as:
- Creation of a community composting program
- Neighborhood clean-ups
- Plans for a parklet at Stanton & Woodbine
- Formalization of the Allegheny River Greenway in Partnership with Morningside
Walkers will meet at 11:00 am on January 24th by the former Methodist Church sign (now the Three Rivers Village School) at Stanton Court West & Stanton Avenue. The tour will conclude with a bonfire and light refreshments near the community compost. Dress warmly and bring a neighbor – everyone is welcome!
Volunteers: We had 32 volunteers for the event. Thanks so much to the residents of Stanton Heights and Citizen Care Inc. for your commitment to this project.Clean up statistics: The clean up focused on the Stanton and Woodbine greenspace as well as parts of Woodbine St., Coleridge St., and Christopher St.
- 500 pounds of mixed unbagged debris,
- 100 pounds of scrap metal,
- 6 tires,
- 35 bags of garbage,
- 5 bags of invasive species (japanese knotweed).
All of this debris was left on the intersection of Stanton and Woodbine until DPW can pick it up. We were also able to remove 5 buckets of garlic mustard which will be composted. About 50 vines were removed but left on site. In addition to this, we were able to move 8 tons of concrete from the Stanton and Woodbine greenspace to be recycled. A special thanks to Mark Biggs of Sharper Cut LLC for donating his dumptruck and time to move this concrete.
Flower bed : A special thanks to the volunteers who helped to plant the flower bed and to Mike Rizk for donating the mulch for the bed.
Although we did not have as many volunteers as last year, we still accomplished a lot. We still removed the same tonnage of concrete as last year–8 tons. We removed less litter and illegally dumped items but this is because we did such a good job removing it last year and we have not had a lot of return dumping except for concrete and landscaping debris. There was noticeably less garlic mustard on the site than last year, however there was an increase of japanese knotweed which will need to be a focus for future years.
Urban Ecostewards: A group of Urban EcoSteward volunteers has been working on this greenspace since last years clean up to remove illegally dumped items and invasive species. Bevery Stennett, Jennifer Sturges Trillium Reynolds and her sons should all be applauded for their efforts working up to this clean up. Let us know if you would like to join this group of volunteers in the future.
Staying on top of future dumping: To all Stanton Heights residents, we could really use your help with keeping an eye on future dumping. We need to be vigilant and need to move dumped materials out of the property ASAP so that people realize that we are a community that will not look the other way anymore.