ELA – BNAN – BAC/LI Collaboration

ELA Community Action Project – 2014

Arcola Project VolunteersOn July 22, 2014, the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) collaborated with theBNAN Jeremy SM Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) and the Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College to restore Arcola Park located in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Arcola Park was created in the late ’90s, converting a vacant lot into a landscapedArcola Project Volunteer Waters Planting SM sitting park in the Hyde Square area of Jamaica Plain. The passive sitting park compliments the nearby Nira Rock Urban Wild and Nira Avenue and Roundhill Street community gardens, bringing a diversity of greenspace for area residents.

Over the last 15 years, stewardship of the park has waxed and waned, and the plant material has subsequently declined to a point that only the hardiest specimens remain.

Maueen and Emma Volunteer at Arcola Park SMThe restoration work in July revitalized the faded landscape to bring this park back to its original impact.

The existing plants were pruned, with some selective removals, to establish the woody base of the new landscape. Existing soil was amended with rock powders and compost, before being planting with a diversity of perennials and shrubs. All planting areas were then mulched with leaf mold to revitalize the soil and establish a living, ecologically vibrant landscape.Restoration Complete SM

Plant material was donated for this project by The Gardens at Rosewood Fields (a wholesale, field-grown nursery in New Hampshire) and The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (designated steward of the Rose Kennedy Greenway). Our thanks go out to each of these organizations for the generous contributions.

And many thanks to the volunteers from the ELA Board of Directors, ELA Members, and current and former students of the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College. The old adage proved true once again: many hands make light work!

Kerry Volunteers at Arcola Park SM Arcola Project Volunteer SM Arcola Project Volunteer from Great Britain SM