Neighborhood Gardens & Beautification
Several Gardens that are located within the Public Spaces of the Highland Park Neighborhood are maintained by dedicated Residents and the HPNA. Everyone can help keep the neighborhood looking good! Eventually, the HPNA is interested in having a dedicated team coordinator who will plan and promote all garden activities. If you are interested on leading or joining such a team or just want to be aware when our gardens need some care, please let us know either by emailing or filling out the volunteer and 3 hour team interest form.
These are the three ongoing projects that are currently supported by the Highland Park Neighborhood Association:
- The HPNA Gateway “Monroe County in Bloom” Garden located opposite to the entrance of Field Street on Clinton Avenue South. This garden was created and designed as a gateway project by the Highland Park Neighborhood Association in cooperation with Monroe County. The space was once a bus turnaround. Recently the HPNA has begun to partner with the adjacent Artisan Church in coordinating group gardening events at this garden. Look for two such events on the 2013 calendar, one in Spring and one in Fall 2013.
- The Garden Areas of Ellwanger & Barry Park. These include nine planters, a garden surrounding the sculpture “Pear Tree” and two corners spaces on the Meigs Street side of the Park, all of which represent connected projects created by the HPNA as well the City of Rochester. Currently, neighbors near the park plant and water the gardens and planters.
- The Gardens of Honor Park and (newly created) adjacent Green Space. This is another garden area that was created by the HPNA, beginning in 2008. It is located in Rochester’s officially smallest city park: Honor Park. Nearby residents maintain this space on an ongoing basis. Note for 2013: The city recently closed off the adjacent entrance onto Linden from Goodman Street with the result of added Green Space. The new area has been planted with several hundred bulbs and should receive two trees in the spring of 2013.
All of these gardens came about because residents took the initiative to make our neighborhood more attractive. You can join us informally or as a team member. Regardless, in the spring, there is clean up, mulching, and planting to do. During the summer, the gardens need watering and weeding, and in the fall it’s time to do another clean up and bulb planting. In other words, plenty of opportunities to lend a hand! If you notice a garden is thirsty feel free to water it. Even taking a few minutes to pick up trash on the sidewalk or in the playground helps. Everyone can help keep the neighborhood looking good! If you’d like to be notified of upcoming gardening days, contact our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The map below shows the location of the three garden projects that the HPNA currently supports. If you have an idea for another green space, large or small that you would like assistance from the HPNA in maintaining, please contact us to begin that discussion. And thanks to all who do work to make our neighborhood look better and a little greener!