Accomplishments of the Week:
- Weeded and beautified the garden at the end of Everett Street
- Picked up litter and watered plants throughout College Woods
- Spread four piles of mulch around the playground
- Weeded and mulched by Whitney Gate
- Raked leaves around the main entrance of College Woods
- Weeded along the road at Rice Field with community members on our LAST work night
Words from the Crew…
Roses of the week:
– Mulching, helping the elderly and working together – Gary
– Helping Ms. Schenck in her garden, finishing mulching the playground and taking the personality test –Shainah
– Finished mulching around the park and helping with the garden – Taylor
– The weather was good and I had a good time cleaning up the little garden and surrounding area at the end of Everett Street – Kadene
A few initial expectations of FERP from the Crew…
-When I first heard of FERP I was expecting it to be a camp or something with children, not with plants, mulch and all this stuff! But I like this because I’m working with a good and excellent group! – Vivian
– My expectations were it was a camp or something to do with outside work. Turns out it was work outside, but it included painting, mulching and a lot more stuff, but it was actually fun! – Marquis
We hope to see you at our celebration next week!!
This week the FERP crew had it all: we had hot days, field trips, and just a bit of everything tied into work. Here are the highlights of our week:
- Picked up trash around College Woods and along the White Trail
- Watered plants
- Hiked to the East Rock Summit via the Giant Steps
- Planted Hosta around the playground with David
- Mulched the side entrance along Orange Street
- Made signs to show the work we’ve done thus far
- Walked to the Splash Pad where we refreshed ourselves with ice cream
- Spread stone dust with community members by the Scenic Overlook, playground, side entrance and stairs on Orange Street
- Toured the Yale Farm where we tilled one of the garden beds and cooled off in their cooler
Shout out to our intern, Vivian, who celebrated her fifteenth birthday on Friday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🙂
Words from the Crew:
This week I enjoyed hiking to the top of East Rock and climbing the “Giant Stairs” even though it was extremely hot!
He’s looking forward to… rock painting next week because it will be a new experience. -Marquis
I enjoyed working together with my team and getting a lot accomplished.
He was looking forward to…going to the Yale Sustainable Farm. -Gary
Taylor is hoping to… paint the benches and swing sets.
Before this job, I’d be constantly complaining about the heat and when I hear my family and friends wail about it, I sort of silently laugh. I guess I’ve become much more adapted to the rising temperature.
She’s looking forward to… feeling energized every day after work due to my change to a meatless diet two weeks ago. -Shainah
Great work team! Three weeks down, two to go!
This week was our first full week of work! Here are just a few of the highlights…
- Cleaned up excess litter in and around College Woods
- Finished mulching around the playground
- Ventured to the Splash Pad
- Walked to Edgerton Park and explored its greenhouses
- Visited the Lake Whitney Water Treatment Plant and learned about where our water comes from
- Beautified the Scenic Overlook
- Cleared the Cross Trail (connects to the White Trail)
- Weeded alongside Orange Street on our first FERP community work night
We really dedicated a lot of work into the Cross Trail. You can find this barely noticeable trail sign on your left toward the end of Orange Street. It ultimately connects with the White Trail!
What our crew had to say about the week:
“Getting a tour of the Water Treatment Plant!” – Taylor
“I have become much more social, something that doesn’t usually happen! – Shainah
“Something I enjoyed this week was cutting down stuff and pulling stuff. I enjoyed that because I got to use my strength.” – Gary
“Finishing up the mulch around the playground and clearing the Cross Trail.” – Marquis
“That work was really fun. The mulch and plants around the playground. I’ve never done things like that before. I like to work with the group that I’m in!” -Vivian
Every Rose has its Thorn…luckily ours are pretty literal!
“Getting pricked by thorn bushes”
“Getting bit so many times!”
“The bugs, but I eventually got over them”
And that wraps up our second successful week with Friends of East Rock Park! If you’re in the New Haven area, be sure to stop by one of our community work nights on Thursdays, from 5:30-7:30pm. We sweat a lot, but are a ton of fun!