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Work List! Want to Help?

Here’s a list of things that can be done by people during park visits…   tools for most of this are in the cedar “closet” attached to the side of the large shed.

  • Work that can be done by anyone, any time:
    1. Fill in the entrance inside each gate.
      It’s a never-ending task. As the RAP migrates due to traffic and weather, we need to add more inside each entrance to bring it up to the same level as the brick entrance-way. This, should be taken from the RAP stockpile, neat the dumpster.
    2. Fill in the pot holes in the parking lot (especially at the entrance).
      It’s a never-ending task. As the RAP migrates due to traffic and weather, we need to add more in the lots until it gets baked and packed into real asphalt again. This, also, is taken from the RAP stockpile.
    3. Move the mulch around…
      The mulch migrates onto the pathway and away from the top of the hill. We need to move it back onto the slope and around the fence.
    4. Fill in holes.
      Dogs love to dig. We know it. We expect it. We don’t mind it in the park. However, if owners and other helpful folks could fill in the holes with the extra dirt (piled to the side of the shed), it would be really helpful.
    5. Put plants in the planters and move them back around the park…
      Although we replaced the planter barrels which were falling apart, the planters are all bare dirt (or filled with weeds) now. We’d love to see some donations of dog-safe plants and have some help putting the planters back in various locations around the park (near the various gates is a good set of locations).
    6. Pick up poop.
      Yeah. As always – many thanks to the Poop Fairies who pick up after others. We appreciate you! If more people can grab an extra bag and pick up one (or more) of the poops that have been left behind by less conscientious park goers, we’ll keep the park clean and safe for all our dogs.
  • Work that needs some organization because it requires more than one person or requires the pre-purchase of things:
    1. Clean up of the front.
      We have some feelers out to the local garden clubs to improve the look of the very front area (where the Chelmsford Dog Park sign is). However, if we want them to put in some nice plantings, some of us have to prep that area by digging up the weeds that grow there now.  So far, we’ve just been trimming the weeds as they grow, but actually digging out the root systems will nip that in the bud (pun intended).
    2. Stumps in the training area.
      This has been on the list of things to do, pretty much from the first work party. It is, however, always at the bottom of the list and rated as less important than the other things, so it hasn’t gotten done.  We need to trim down the remaining stumps in the training area.
    3. Paint the fencing at the pavilion
      We added some fencing to prevent the dogs from running into the pavilion poles. This year, we need to prime and paint it. (Brown like the sheds or Blue like the pavilion roof are the two prevailing thoughts.)
    4. Raising money for a drainage project!
      We have a quote from someone who will install drains into the three worst puddle areas in the park, along with a drainpipe into the holding-basing across the parking lot.
      To do this, we are looking for donations targeted to this effort.  Normal donations are still welcome and needed, but you’ll see some specific fundraising going around to raise money for this specific enhancement.
  • Ongoing volunteers needed!
    1. Mowing and trimming!
      We need some volunteers to commit to helping us mow and trim. We have a rider mower, 2 push mowers and a weed whacker to get the job done. As demonstrated last year, it’s too big a job for just 2 of us. If we can get others to help out, even just one day a month (4 people, each committing to one task, one day a month means a mow/trim every other week with no one person asked to do everything and if we can get commitments from more, that means less work for each individual while keeping the park looking spiffy!)
    2. Tune up the park equipment…
      Anyone with experience tuning up small engines? We have a riding mower, 2 push mowers and a gas-powered trimmer. We need your help in getting them tuned up… 

As you can see, we still have a pretty long list of things to get done and. As usual, we’ll continue to hold the work parties (next one is in July!) However, we need ongoing help from you!

So, we’re hoping that we can get people to chip in here and there – maybe even setting up your own “work group” to get one of the things done without an “official” work-party day.

Finally — the physical items on this list mostly depletes our initial sponsorship/wishlist. Although we continue to maintain the Amazon Wishlist, if you have ideas for larger things to improve or enhance the park, which might be sponsored by an individual, group or company, let us know!

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