Batavia High School design student prepares new seed packet logo and custom stamp for the Lucy Flower Children's Garden Club.

Batavia High School design student prepares new seed packet logo and custom stamp for the Lucy Flower Children's Garden Club.

Lucy Flower Park 2018 SPRING SPRUCE UP:  PART TWO, Lucy Flower Children's Garden Club + Batavia High School Designers = Graphics Makeover!

SAVE THE DATE for SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Lucy Flower Park

Colleagues and friends collaborate to unite Lucy Flower Park Children’s Garden Club and Batavia High School.  Join Master Gardener, and Chicago Excellence in Gardening Award winner, Amy Ewaldt, and graphics educator and AIGA Award winner, Kathleen Tieri Ton for an installation, artist Q & A, and picnic at Lucy Flower Park on Sunday, June 3, 2018. 

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.  Batavia High School students will work with Lucy Flower Children's Garden Club families to install Eric Carle inspired banners, adventuresome inspirations, and more!

Q & A SESSION TO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW

10:15 - 11:00 a.m. BYO Picnic and Photos

About Kathleen:  (From AIGA) "In her twelve years as an art and media educator, Kathleen Tieri Ton has been devoted to inspiring students to develop an appreciation for the arts while empowering them with the vision and tools they need to impact their own lives and communities. She is excited by art found in our everyday lives and incorporates this passion in her teaching of digital and print design. Kathleen holds a BA in Studio Art from Indiana University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Columbia College Chicago, and post-graduate work in curriculum studies at University of Illinois Chicago. Kathleen resides in Batavia, Illinois with her husband and three children where she teaches graphic arts at Batavia High School. In her free time, she explores printmaking, gardening, and her love for old movies."

Lucy Flower Park 2018 SPRING SPRUCE UP:  PART ONE, From Sad to Sod

Neighborhood volunteers have teamed up with For Your Child Preschool, Willow Tree Child Development, Cortland Preschool, the West Bucktown Neighborhood Association (WBNA), and the Maplewood and Lucy Flower Park Advisory Council (MLFPAC) to raise the initial $2500 to get Lucy Flower looking good again! 

Five years of hard play and heavy foot traffic (hey, it's a popular park, everyone LOVES it!) had left the grassy areas completely "bald". 

After a consultation, the MLFPAC decided to raise funds for new sod and mulch in the front two zones of Lucy Flower Park.  The watering schedule and info is below, along with a few other nifty items for our community gardeners and volunteers. 

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The Chicago Park District is scheduled to seed and mulch the remaining zone, while the Lucy Flower Children's Garden Club and Lucy Flower Community Garden are both collaborating for a fun and productive veggie season.  Thank you for your respect, shared labor, collaboration, and creativity as we continue to develop this once-derelict park into a treasure. 

Aside:  After seven years of donated garden labor and community volunteerism, I can honestly say that Lucy Flower is looking the best I have ever seen it, and it's because of neighbors, volunteers, friends, and our stellar Park Advisory Council, Alderman, and Park District colleagues!

WATERING THE SOD INFO: 

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Volunteer, Katy S. helps install signs with Cortland Preschoolers

Thanks to Debra Kennedy, our new Playground Supervisor for getting us the signs! 

The Lucy Flower Park Children's Garden Club is also managed by neighbor volunteers, who always need a hand keeping this public space beautiful and functional.  Thank you very much for your help! 

NOTE:  If our local community garden group needs watering cans filled, please offer to share water for a moment or help them out!  A great chance to talk gardening and meet a new neighbor - friend!

WHAT:  We are currently watering new sod as a part of the "Lucy Flower Spring Spruce Up" initiative. 

HOW:  Volunteers are needed for morning or evening watering shifts, 60-80 minutes in length.  All new sod areas to be watered throughly, paying attention to seams and edges, until sod has a "soaked" look.  The sandbox area needs extra love!  It is so dry!  Watering may be done by moving a sprinkler from area to area and using a ten minute timer per zone OR by hand, using a spray nozzle to imitate a soaking rain.

MATERIALS ON SITE:  Two blue, heavy duty hoses, one light-weight 50 foot hose, two types of nozzles, a sprinkler head, and the public park water key (cannot be lost, very expensive to replace and nearly impossible to get these!) are located in the ORANGE TOOL BOX zip-tied to the fence in the southwest corner of Lucy Flower Park, behind the compost bins.

A combination lock opens the box:  code 24  26  32

1.  TO OPEN--turn RIGHT 3 times.  Stop at 1st number.

2.  Turn LEFT one full turn passing 1st number and stop at 2nd number.

3.  Turn RIGHT and stop at 3rd number.  Pull shackle.

PUBLIC WATER BOX LOCATED NEXT TO DRINKING FOUNTAINS, see photos below. 

WATER SCHEDULE COMPLETED FOR SPRING, a BIG thank you to all for helping with this much-needed task...let's enjoy that beautiful, new sod!

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From sad to sod

NEEDED:  Besides volunteer neighbors to water, we are also looking to complete the final area with sod this autumn; Park District is going to seed it, but it will likely need more than that to be robust enough to survive the summer.

We must raise an additional $2000 to make this final zone happen.  We have a $250 donation from the Tischer Family and a $250 donation from Anonymous.  Who else can join in and help us complete this beautiful work?  Please email maplewoodandlucyflowerparks@gmail.com

to arrange a much-needed and thoroughly appreciated donation.

 combination for orange Garden Club lock box at Lucy Flower   

combination for orange Garden Club lock box at Lucy Flower

 

 Southwest corner of Lucy Flower Park, Garden Club locked toolbox   

Southwest corner of Lucy Flower Park, Garden Club locked toolbox

 

 Lightweight, 50 foot hose, public water key, two spray nozzles, sprinkler head, zip ties reside in this locked box--use the combination in the info above for access when you water   

Lightweight, 50 foot hose, public water key, two spray nozzles, sprinkler head, zip ties reside in this locked box--use the combination in the info above for access when you water

 

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 This box near the drinking fountains may be turned on with the public water key (located inside the orange Garden Club locked box)--please remove any rocks or debris from this area so that water flow is consistent and plentiful.  Hook up hose, then use key to turn water on (square shape turn-on valve.)

This box near the drinking fountains may be turned on with the public water key (located inside the orange Garden Club locked box)--please remove any rocks or debris from this area so that water flow is consistent and plentiful.  Hook up hose, then use key to turn water on (square shape turn-on valve.)