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Knights of Columbus Park Planting
Park Planting Provides Privacy and Polish Nathaniel Wheeler Trust Grant Funds Planting at Knights of Columbus Park
This past Monday, 6/12/17, WTI planted with staff and members of Alternatives at the Knights of Columbus Park at the end of Englewood Ave in Worcester. For those unfamiliar with this tucked away park near Coes Pond, you are missing out. The park was recently redeveloped with a playground and beautiful playing fields. The water from the parking lot drains into an additional open field where it can naturally filter into the soil rather than entering the drain directly. This park abuts a neighborhood which is being developed as well and WTI was asked to help the city create a plan to enhance the privacy between the park and the neighborhood while also adding beauty with plants. The Nathaniel Wheeler Trust provided the money and the City of Worcester Parks Department approved the plan so in the 90 degree heat we set ourselves to planting the first half of the plants last Monday. The second half are being planted today, on Tuesday, and in much preferred weather I might add!
The plants included in the plan are Eastern White Pines, Frasier Firs, Upright Yew plants, Mountain Laurel, and Inkberry. We focused on planting evergreens for year round privacy with the inkberry providing seasonal color. The Mountain Laurel plants came in with flowers on them and they are gorgeous! We’re eager to see the plants take root and then grow to fulfill their intended purposes and spaces.
In addition to the Knights of Columbus Park the Nathaniel Wheeler Trust is providing funds to plant 5 flowering Cherry trees that did not survive on West Boylston Street as part of the West Boylston Street Beautification Project Undertaken in 2015. We are very grateful for their generosity and heart for Worcester’s landscape; their help has benefitted many neighborhoods all around the city.