Have you noticed the improvements that have taken place in our neighborhood parks and green spaces lately? That is because of the hard work of our parks volunteers! Co-chairs Joe Layton and Sarah Roholt have organized volunteer work days in conjunction with the very helpful City Parks department, and their efforts have really been appreciated.
Since December 2015, volunteers have been working monthly with city staff to clean up Poplar Street Park. The goal was to remove invasive plants. With guidance from Leigh Bragassa (Invasive Program Coordinator) and other city staff, volunteers removed a variety of invasive plants throughout the park including ivy and non-invasive smilax which had covered many of the trees. Volunteers also pruned shrubs along Poplar Street making it easier and safer to use the sidewalk. Later this year, the city will remove larger non-native trees and shrubs. With more sunlight coming into the park, we are waiting to see what understory and ground plants emerge.
They have scheduled the next parks cleanup day at the Marshal Street green space for February 21, 2017. Volunteers will continue invasive removal along park boundaries and the Marshall Park south end.
Then on March 6, 2017, our neighborhood has been marked for NeighborWoods trees and will be the official Arbor Day Celebration for the City of Raleigh! The City will have other volunteers helping with the planting project. Volunteers will replace the trees lost on Marshall Street Hill as well as help with the neighborhood plantings.
Let Sarah and Joe know if you'd like to volunteer to help to improve our Mordecai parks!