On Saturday April 13th Groundwork Lawrence will be hosting a community "charrette", a group meeting to discuss ideas for the design of a new pocket park. The Facella Lot is a 7,400 square foot vacant lot located along the Spicket River at the corner of Brook Street and Newbury Street. The newly reconstructed East Haverhill Street Bridge, and the gently flowing Spicket River provide a beautiful backdrop to this pocket sized future park. We want to hear what kind of park you think will best serve the People of Lawrence.
Don't forget to fill out your waivers ahead of time for Earth Day, Comcast Cares Day on Saturday April 27, 8am-1pm. Volunteers with trucks are needed to participate during the event. Also, we are still recruiting site captains. To signup or for more information email Rosahref> or by phone at 978-974-0770 x 7001.
Get your waiver here!
Strategic Lessons in Sustainable Community Building - the Groundwork USA Network
Through the project and program work of Groundwork USA, this report examines the expanding roles and policy influence that community-based organizations play in developing the emergent model of sustainable community building.
Volunteers are still needed to help monitor the health of the Spicket River. This is a fantastic opportunity to get out on the river each month and help us get a better understanding of the river.size="3">
Did You Know?
~ The Spicket River runs for nearly 15 miles from Southern New Hampshire to the Merrimack River in Lawrence.
~The Spicket was once home to thousands of fish that migrated to and from the Atlantic Ocean every year!
~The Spicket River has played an important role in shaping Lawrence's cultural and natural heritage.
~YOU can help us learn even more about the Spicket!size="2">
This Weekend, February 15th - 18th is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count! What is the Great Backyard Bird Count? Well, read on to find out.
What is it?
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual 4-day long citizen science project that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.
Why Count the Birds?
In spite of the cold, wet, and snowy weather typical of New England in winter, community members from in and around Lawrence have come together twice in the last few weeks to clean and maintain several of Lawrence's parks and greenspaces. I want to personally extend a BIG thank you to everyone who came and helped out the last two weekends.
In honor of the great leader and servant Martin Luther King Jr., this Saturday January 19th is The National Day of Service . Groundwork Lawrence will be hosting a day of service, with several different clean up opportunities throughout the city, including graffiti removal at parks and playgrounds. We will meet at GWL's office at 60 Island Street for coffee at 9:30 am before heading out to serve. The event will end around 12:00 pm.
Please read on for a guest blog post by our partners at MSGA, the Massachesusetts Smart Growth Alliance:
Massachusetts is falling behind. While roads and bridges across the Commonwealth are falling apart and public transportation continues to deteriorate, other states are investing in a stronger economic future and better quality of life.Yesterday, Governor Patrick outlined the choices state legislators must grapple with to keep Massachusetts competitive.