Springtime Work Party 2024

Apr 13, 2024 | 0 comments

Date/Time Sat, Apr 13 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Chelmsford Dog Park, North Chelmsford MA

The work party has been RESCHEDULED to April 13 due to New England weather…


The CDA is planning a work-party to do spring-time cleanup maintenance on the park – On Saturday, April 13, from 8am till 12pm.

(The work party will happen in any weather less than a downpour.)

Please respond here or contact us via email or on Facebook if you are interested in helping (or just come on down on Saturday, April 13). (This does qualify as volunteer hours for high school students and the requirements for the National Honor Society as well as “Community Service Hours” for other organizations.)

The park will be CLOSED for normal usage during this work-party, but volunteers can bring their dogs to hang out in the training area while we humans make the park nice for them (and us).  [One human will be asked to keep watch on the dogs while the others work – with trade-offs for breaks.]

Things that needs to get done:

  1. New Benches (5-10 people)
    • Assemble the new benches
    • Dig holes, fill with concrete and mount the new benches around the park
  2. Set up New Tires (3-4 people)
    • Transport the large tires from the parking lot to the mulched hillside
    • Dig a space and mount the tired (vertically) as obstacles for the dogs.
  3. Horizontal Tire/Platform (2-3 people)
    • Transport sand from the pile in the parking lot to fill the layed-down tire on the all dog side. (shovels, cart)
    • The tire needs to be completely filled, including inside the  “lip”.
  4. Trash Cleanup (3-4 people)
    • clean up trash in the park (poop, plastic, etc) (grabbers, trashbags)
    • clean up trash in the lot and around the front of the park (grabbers, trahbags)
    • clean up trash behind the park (through DPW gate – long pants) (grabbers, trashbags)
  5. Mulch-Hillside (** people)
    • Remove mulch & dirt behind the landscape timbers so that the NEW mulch can fill in without overflowing onto the pathway. (cart, shovels, pitchfork)
    • Spread the extra mulch pile left over from the fall – up, down and around the hillside (cart, pitchfork, rakes)
  6. Pee Circles (2-3 people)
    • Turn up existing fill of pee circles (spin-tine tool, pitchfork)
    • Dig out/remove some if needed (shovel, cart)
    • Add Mulch from hill-pile to pee circles (cart, pitchfork)
  7. Little Dog & All Dog Sand Strip
    • Turn up, loosen sand and remove grass & weeds in sand strip (spin-tine tool, pitchfork)
    • rake out and remove stones (rake, bucket)
    • add sand (from sand pile in parking lot)
  8. Grass Care (2-3 people)
    • Weed Whack to trim the grass around the the fence-lines and other edges
  9. Fence-line repair (2-3 people)
    • Find gaps along fence bottom around park & mark with clothespins (1 person) (clothespins)
    • Add RAP to gaps in fence bottom (2 people) (RAP, shovels, sledgehammer, cart)
  10. Weed Cleanup (2-3 people)
    • Clear “thorn trees” from agility area (1-2 people) (brush cutter or hedge trimmer)
    • Clear weed growth from front area (1-2 people) (brush cutter or hedge trimmer)
    • Clear/pull weeds from mulched hillside. (4-5 people)
  11. Remove/Replace the damaged tree surrounds (1-2 people)
    • Remove the damaged tree surround fencing that has deteriorated
    • Assemble the new plastic surrounds (4×4)
    • Place the new surrounds around the tree trunks
  12. Clean up Parking Lot (1-2 people)
    • Pick up the brush from the lot & dispose into the dumpster (gloves)
  13. Fill holes in park (1-2 people) (shovel, cart dirt)
  14. Remove stones from grassed areas of park (2-3 people) (bucket)
  15. Straighten and Space out Parking Blocks (2-3 people) (dolly)
  16. Fill Potholes in lot (2-3 people) (RAP, shovels, sledgehammer, Tamper, cart)
  17. Replace “rules cards” in card-holders [All Dog side Kiosk, Small dog side Pavilion] (1 person)
  18. Organize and a catalog equipment in large shed (2-3 people)

Things we need people to donate, to help do this:

Things we need people to bring, to help do this:

  • Augur for “drilling” bench holes
  • Dingo or other skid-loader to move large amounts of soil & mulch
  • Tamper to pack down pot-hole fill
  • shovels, leaf and lawn rakes
  • hedge trimmer



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