8th Street Pocket Park Native Plant Garden (at the corner of 8th and Grant) for an hour of light weeding and garden clean-up. This is a great opportunity to learn to identify native plants, learn gardening techniques and see some easy to grow beautiful native plants in action.
Since the planned events don't work with everyone's schedules, several neighbors have requested to do an "independent study" that is, to be assigned tasks that they can work on outside of scheduled clean-ups. We are really excited about this, and those that have volunteered we are calling Pocket Park-Rangers! So, if you'd like to be assigned a task, come by for an orientation. The types of things for the independent studies are dandelion patrol and removal, mowing the horseshoe court, trimming the grasses along the edges of the park and the ditch, trash pick-up, and maybe watering some new transplants.
Here is a little background on the park:
The 8th Street Pocket Park is a small neighborhood park my wife and
I have been volunteering our time and donating plants and materials to for over 5 years including planning, landscaping, grant writing and
maintaining the park (click here
for more information). This was an unused right of way (owned by the
city) that was not being maintained, cared for, and had just turned into
a gathering area for trash and noxious weeds. We transformed 1/2 of it n
2008, using drought tolerant native plants, and incorporated many
wildlife features. In 2009 we
received a grant for plants, mulch and other landscaping materials and in 2010, we completed the park. Funding for materials for
this project has come from the Missoula Office of Neighborhoods, UM
Natural Areas, and Montana Native Plant Society. Materials were also
donated by Home Resource (like recycled lumber, fencing, lawn edging and
more), and plants and bird, bat, bee houses and interpretive signs were
donated by Butterfly Properties (that is, my wife and me).
Our neighborhood is deficient in parks and open spaces. Landscaping this
site transformed existing public space from an unusable state into an
attractive little park. While the final product meets a
community need (more park space), the process of creating the native
plant landscape also engaged neighbors visitors to the area.
Facebook. Also, here is the event page for the clean-up event.
If you come, bring some gloves and weeding tools if you have them. And don't forget your camera!