Springtime Work Party and Poop-a-poo-looza

When: Sat, June 26, 2021 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Where: Chelmsford Dog Park, 52 Richardson Rd, North Chelmsford, MA 01863 Contact: Joyce Bean, Volunteer Coordinator Contact Email: volunteercoordinator@chelmsforddogassociation.org Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

The CDA has been asked to restart our maintenance responsibilities at the park, so we are planning a Poop-a-poo-looza and work-party to do spring-time cleanup maintenance on the park – On Saturday, June 26, from 8 till 12.

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

Please respond here on the volunteer page or contact us via email or on Facebook if you are interested in helping (or just come on down on Saturday, June 26). (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. Message Board [All Dog Side Kiosk] (2-3 people)
    • Assemble & mount the plexiglass cover for the corkboard (screwdriver, wrench)
  2. Horizontal Tire/Platform (4-5 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”.
  3. 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)
  4. Lights (1-2 people)
    • Replace solar panels on large shed (ladder, screwdriver)
    • Add solar light over door of large shed
  5. 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)
  6. Little 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)
  7. 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. Tick Prevention (1-2 people)
    • Use the Billygoat brushcutter to trim back the overgrowth on the OUTSIDE of the fence-line behind the park.
    • get extra hoses from big shed (top shelf)
    • spray edges of park with (natural, dog-safe) tick-spray (along fencing, especially woods side and back of park) (hoses, spray bottle)
  10. Closet Storage shed (2-3 people)
    • Assemble Closet storage shed (screwdriver, drill, sockets, hammer, shed pieces)
    • Put tools in closet storage shed
  11. 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)
  12. 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)
  13. Fill holes in park (1-2 people) (shovel, cart dirt)
  14. Mount Bat House to park-side of Large Shed (1-2 people) (ladder, screwdriver)
  15. Remove stones from grassed areas of park (2-3 people) (bucket)
  16. Move Parking Blocks (2-3 people) (dolly)
  17. Fill Potholes in lot (2-3 people) (RAP, shovels, sledgehammer, Tamper, cart)
  18. Replace “rules cards” in card-holders [All Dog side Kiosk, Small dog side Pavilion] (1 person)
  19. Organize and a catalog equipment in large shed (2-3 people)

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

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

  • shovels, leaf and lawn rakes
  • hedge trimmer

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