This Saturday, October 25th from 10am till noon, grab your gloves and shovels and join Conservancy members and community volunteers as they restore a hidden park gem by replanting a key area of the park's original Olmsted master plan.
The Rock Garden, situated between the Meadow and Dog Park - just east of West Circuit Drive, was designed to be a shaded oasis of flowering shrubs. With less than a half dozen shrubs remaining, our goal is to plant forty native and shade loving shrubs which will offer new habitat and food sources for park wildlife. If time permits, we'll continue our ongoing clean up of the nearby Overlook area and dry creek bed.
Whether it is because you have a sense of duty to protect the park or are just looking for a great excuse to work outdoors with other civic minded people, you can make a tremendous difference by coming out and digging in with fellow park volunteers.
Families with children ages 6 and up are welcome provided that accompanying parents are attentive and prepared for dirt/mud/mulch/wet conditions.
About the Rock Garden and Overlook: Named by the Olmsted Brothers, these areas are central to the park and feature a naturally occurring spring, rock outcropping and meandering pathways. In recent years, different parts of the area have either thinned out or have become overgrown with invasive plant species and the adjacent rock lined creek bed has become filled with sediment and debris. There is an ongoing clean up effort for the area led by Conservancy volunteers with hopes of restoring the stone landing and creek bed wall in the future.