Manchester Street Park-Volunteers Needed!

Come help us fill this space with a garden!

Please join us in building raised wooden garden beds at the city’s newest park-Manchester Street Park. Situated on a former municipal incinerator site (the Covanta Site) next to Malden Mills/Polartec, the bulk of the park is complete and ready for fun and all that is left is your help in building the beds!

We’re excited to have a few volunteers lined up for Tuesday, July 28 to construct community garden beds at the park site. Home Depot, Reading will be providing some tools and volunteers and through funding from the MA Office of Refugees and Immigrants and the City’s Community Development Department we have funding to buy the materials to build the beds and a compost area.

We need volunteers though! If you can join us for the day Tuesday, July 28 from 9-5, call (978.974.0770) or emailhreff=> Kathryn.

The community garden was a happy outcome of the community meetings for the Manchester Street Park Design where residents at the meeting said they would love to garden at the park and gardeners would be regular “eyes” on the park. Some residents in the Arlington Neighborhood are currently experienced gardeners and need more healthy space to grow veggies. Due to budget constraints in the bidding, we weren’t able to construct the beds during construction but we have the space secured, prepared and with water-we just need the garden beds to fill it!

Live Lawrence! Summer Concert Series

These FREE concerts are from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Lawrence Heritage State Park, One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA.

  • July 15 - The Lost Soul (Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Motown), food from Clock Tower Café
  • July 30 - Essex Music Chamber Players, food by Sweeney’s
  • August 13 - Jazz in the Air, food by North End Deli
  • August 20 - Grupo Fantasia

For more information visit
food at concert series is for sale by the listed vendors

Farmers Market Concert Series Schedule
below concerts from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at Appleton Way

  • July 15 - Burnin' Roots (reggae)
  • July 22 - Kenjisaurus
  • July 29 - Teresa Ines, Latin
  • August 5 - Los Sugar Kings, Latin
  • August 12 - Ryan Thomson, Fiddle
  • August 19 - Jandee Lee Porter, Guitar & Vocals
  • August 26 - Jeff Harrington Duo

Shop Fresh Produce at the Lawrence Downtown Farmers Market

Join us on Appleton Way to get your fresh produce and check out the concert series. Last week approximately 250 folks braved the weather. This week, forecasts are sunny and nice!

  • What time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. next to City Hall
  • What you’ll find: lettuce, summer squash, zucchini, peas, radishes, scallions, blue berries, eggs, baked goods
  • Great prepared sandwiches, salads and fruit from Clock Tower Café

Live Lawrence! Farmers Market Concert Series Schedule
all concerts from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

  • July 15 - Burnin' Roots (reggae)
  • July 22 - Kenjisaurus
  • July 29 - Teresa Ines, Latin
  • August 5 - Los Sugar Kings, Latin
  • August 12 - Ryan Thomson, Fiddle
  • August 19 - Jandee Lee Porter, Guitar & Vocals
  • August 26 - Jeff Harrington Duo

First CSA Distribution Day a Success!

Despite the heavy rains for the past month, the first CSA distribution was a grand success! The crates were filled with traditional early summer favorites like peas, lettuce, and radishes as well as some novelty items like garlic scapes! It was fun to see everyone's enthusiasm at picking up their vegetables. Edy, one of our distribution volunteers this year, remarked, "Now I believe it! People who eat vegetables really are happier!"

What a busy summer!-Veggies, Green Team, Parks oh my!

Thanks for keeping track of us here on the blog-we hope to keep it updated frequently but we are busy here at the office! We recently sent out our Spring Newsletter-if you missed it you can find it here. Today is the first day of our CSA delivery so we're very excited to be bringing another season of Farmer Dave's produce to Lawrence. Manchester Street Park is just nearly complete-check out our Flickr page for images. Also, our Green Team's first day of the summer season was yesterday. Say hi if you see them around town! By the end of this week they will have helped clean up Reviviendo Playground (needed some TLC), visited Lawrence Heritage State Park, visited the Union Crossing Site, cooked a healthy lunch from their CSA share, and weeded their plots in the community gardens. Also, don't forget that the Farmers Market kicks off its 15th season in Lawrence next week. If you're interested in supporting our work in Lawrence-please click here!

Support us today - Wednesday June 24 - at Whole Foods Andover

June 24 - 5% Day at Whole Foods in Andover

You can support Groundwork Lawrence by shopping at Whole Foods in Andover Wednesday June 24 all day.

5% of net sales will then be donated to GWL.

The Andover store is at 40 Railroad St in Andover-near the Commuter Rail Station off Rt. 28. See the map below:

Manchester Street Park-Construction Update

We have play equipment!

Lots of great work on site as we start to come into the home stretch. As you can see from this photo and tons more on Flickr the playground equipment is about fully installed. The safety surfacing still needs to be installed around it as well as the final coat of asphalt for the paved areas. The trees and landscaper could be on site very soon as well. The greatest news though is that the City of Lawrence received an additional commitment of funding from the EPA!

In addition to the colorful new park equipment and our turtle and bird friends, there are wild irises blooming along the pond edge as well as what may be marsh marigolds in the pond. What seemed to be a colorless sad site is really changing into something inviting, lush, and vibrant.

This month's Green Drinks-at 60 Island Street and Union Crossing!

This month’s Lawrence Green Drinks- a social networking event for people interested in sustainability held the fourth Wednesday of each month- will be held at 50/60 Island St.

  • Wednesday May 27th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • During this event there will be a tour of the Union Crossing buildings and site.