Eight Streets Neighborhood Association
March 5th meeting minutes
Next meeting: April 2
Berkeley garden lottery: April 5
April 12: Rose pruning and park clean up: Ringold Park 9am – 2pm
1. March – Street sweeping starts
2. Reminder that Friends of Ringold Park are looking for new Board Members
3. April cleanup of Ringold park and surrounding areas set for April 12 between 9am and 2pm, meet at Ringold Park. We’ll aim to have coffee and pastries made available
4. May 10th (Boston Shines) further clean up planned in the neighborhood
5. Stay tuned, the Social Committee for Eight Streets are planning a few social activities, please make sure you open any emails coming from Eight Streets for more details.
6. Get involved & be informed, be a member of Eight Streets, $20 per person, $30 per household, $50 for any business
Guest Speak scheduled for April: Boston Police Department to give us an update of the happenings in our area. A few days prior to this April meeting Officer Litto will offer those who are interested a guide through a few select streets in our neighborhood with a focus on how to improve security.
The date for the BDP walk through has not yet been assigned although we expect it to be a few days prior to the next meeting. If you are interested in joining please email Bernard at Petersen_bernard@yahoo.com
Currently already registered for the BDP walk through are:
Guest speaker for May: Boston Water and Sewer “History of”
Guest speaker overview for March meeting:
Guest Speaker: Dana Staley of Boston Natural Areas Network, parent organization and deed holder for Berkeley Community gardens, as well as 17 other gardens and open spaces in the South End. Dana gave us a history of Berkeley as well as introducing us to the diversity of Berkeley gardens.
16 community gardens make up the BNAN
Organized in 1977
Set out to preserve, expand, improve urban open space
Full BNAN presentation will be provided on our website shortly
142 plots and 161 gardeners
Berkeley garden gardeners have a unique ethnic composition, 50% speak Chinese as a primary language
Majority live in the South End
There is an objective underway to put a chain link fence all along the side of Berkeley Gardens adjacent to Public Alley 705. This project will cost between 120 and 140K, scheduled to be finished in 2014 if enough money is raised.
For more information on how to donate to the fence fund or to find out more about the Berkeley Gardens please log onto www.berkeleygardens.org/