Exploring Urban Water Quality with The Green Jobs Crew

Technically, it has been spring here in Lawrence for a few weeks, but it is FINALLY beginning to feel like it. Birds are beginning to sing, and some early migrants are returning from a winter spent further south. Along with the warmer weather comes a new season of outdoor events and service opportunities with Groundwork Lawrence!

Facella Lot Community Meeting: Picking the Perfect Park

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.

Help Monitor the Health of the Spicket River!

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!
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Thank You! - Volunteers Help Kick-off a Strong Start to 2013.

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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.

MSGA Guest Blog Post: Funding Transportation

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.

Don't Forget! Urban Wild Clean-up This Saturday January 12th.

A friendly reminder that we will be hosting a habitat stewardship/clean-up event this Saturday January 12th from 9:30 am - 12 pm. Parking is available in the Union Crossings parking lot. Gloves, tools, and garbage bags will be provided, as well as coffee and donuts!

Groundwork Lawrence and the Greenbelt Association will also be holding an educational urban birdwatching event at the cleanup site as part of Greenbelt’s Earth Month activities in April 2013, so come help cleanup the habitat for Lawrence's urban birds.