The rain was really coming down at 9:30 yesterday morning but Diane said rain or shine and she means business so I waited till the last minute and by 9:55 it was letting up. Trees for Overington Park were waiting to be planted and I had to go.
When I got over there several people were already going to work and since I’m a better digger than thinker I took a shovel and commenced to excavate. While I was digging the kids from the Northeast Boys and Girls Club trooped in. The folks from the Frankford Garden Club were also in attendance and a guy from Northeast Tree Tenders really was very helpful. Former Councilman Dan Savage also come by to help. He rarely misses a neighborhood event like this.
Several other folks from the area came to volunteer including one nice lady from Wissinoming who remembers the park from her childhood and wanted to see it again. Most of the trees were planted within and hour and a half and I had to go down to Fouldrod Street to get some pictures of the protest so I packed it up and took off.
The kids were still waiting for the pretzels and drinks that were promised by Councilpersons office (Maria Quiñones-Sánchez). They were supposed to be there by 10 but I don’t think they ever arrived.
This is a link to the slideshow on Flickr of the activities. Have a look.
it’s a pleasure to have something positive to post today. Friends of Overington Park will be planting 10 new trees in the park. They will be doing the planting on Sat. Nov. 15, 2008, from 10 to noon. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated! 1300 block of Orthodox St. between Leiper st. and Pilling St.