Love Your Park day in Overington Park was a big success! Last Saturday November 14 from 10 till 1 we came out to take care of our park and get it ready for winter. 28 people came out to lend a hand keeping Overington Park beautiful. We planted a Yellowwood tree, now called Greg’s tree after one of our volunteers that’s been coming out to work in our park for years. We lifted 7 crates of tropical Cannas bulbs to be stored for the winter in members homes. 60 brown bags of organic material were removed and taken to be composted for next year. 10 bags of trash were picked up. Daffodils and crocus were planted for Spring color around our shed and our new tree. The sidewalk along Leiper St. was cleaned up to make walking around our park a positive experience. We managed to accomplish everything on our to do list. It was a cool day that keep us from sweating but not from working hard to improve Overington Park.
The lions share of our help came from the great students from Frankford High School’s JR ROTC program. Our frantic call to Sargent Joe that we had few volunteers sent him scrambling to collect his charges and bring them to Overington Park. We couldn’t have done it without them! A few new neighbors, Franklin and Joy, came out and worked hard all day to make our park shine. As always the Friends of Overington Park put on their winter coats, rolled up their sleeves and worked their buts off!
Our refreshments were made possible from funds supplied by our councilwoman, Maria D. Quinones Sanchez, and the word was spread thanks to the printing help from our State Representative Jason Dawkins. Our thanks also goes out to the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Parks and Recreation for the constant support they give to our Friends group.
All in all it was a very good day in Overington Park. Our park is ready to face Winter and come out blooming in Spring!