The Streetscapes CommitteeA group of community residents organized the Streetscapes Committee in 2007 out of concern for the health and appearance of Mt. Airy’s public landscapes. Since then, the committee has initiated, and cooperated with other local organizations in projects that address those issues.
Doris Kessler chairs the committee. Please contact email@example.com to join the work of this group or if you have a Streetscapes concern.
WMAN Streetscapes Committee Spring 2013 PHS Bare Root Street Tree Planting
The Streetscapes Committee’s 11th Bare Root Street Tree Planting Day was Saturday April 20th. Volunteers met at 9:00 AM the High Point Café, Allen Lane Train Station, picked up tools and and received their planting assignments. After enjoying coffee and refreshments donated by High Point’s Meg Haegele and her staff they spread throughout the community and went to work. Twenty new trees were planted by noon. After that impressive and speedy effort many returned to the station to share lunch and conversation.
We send a huge THANK YOU to the 34 friends and neighbors who once again joined together in the communal effort to pull this off:
Sara Allen, Brian Ames (Wissahickon Tree and Landscape Services), Lis Bass, Sharon Corbin, G. A. Daly, David Dannenberg, Dena Dannenberg, Carol Davis, Rodlin Davis, Carol Graeber, Louise Hayes, Charlie Heiser, Eve Highstreet, Bill Hudson, Marty Hudson, Dick Kessler, Doris Kessler, Mark Klempner, Steve Lander, Ken LeRoy (John B. Ward and Co.), Keith Lockett, Mia Mengucci (PHS), Ben Monette, Hans Nelson, Hal Oliver, Marin Richeson Louis Rhodes, Peter Schneider, Bob Simon, Ed Spector, Kevin Stutler, Barbara Torode, Dave Tukey and Patricia Workman.
Among the volunteers was a large contingent from New Covenant Church. We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet and work with them and look forward to developing an ongoing relationship.
As of now we’ve planted 393 trees. We’ll reach the 400 mark in the fall…can 500 be far behind?
Thank You Everyone!!!
Carol Graeber, Doris Kessler, Mia Mengucci, Dave Tukey,
WMAN Streetscapes Committee Tree Tenders
- Planting Street and Yard Trees each spring and fall in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Tree Tenders Program. It participates in other planting opportunities as they arise and educates homeowners in caring for newly planted trees.
- The Gateway Project to restore a set of pergolas and the surrounding landscape at the intersection of Lincoln Drive and Johnson Street. The project is a joint effort of Historic Germantown, WMAN, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, Inc., and local residents. Click for more information.
- Assisting neighbors in maintaining landscape improvements initiated by the committee at the intersection of Lincoln Drive and Allen Lane in 2008. Click for a wonderful summary and photos.
- Working with the Mt. Airy, Nippon, Bryan, Cresheim Town Watch as the Friends of Allen Lane Station in ongoing negotiations with SEPTA over landscape improvements associated with renovations at the Allen Lane Train Station. Click for the Friends of Allen Lane Station blog by Ben Monette.
L to R: David Dannenberg, Marty Hudson, Barbara Torode, Curt Pontz, Sara Allen,
Carol Graeber, Dave Tukey, Marilyn Cohen and Doris Kessler
THE COMMITTEE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP:
- Form a subcommittee to clarify and resolve PECO/Homeowner Conflicts resulting from periodic tree trimming activities.
- Establish an ongoing Pruning Program for street trees the committee has recently planted.
- Continue holding workshops and demonstrations of landscape techniques. Pruning and planting demonstrations have already been popular.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS:
- THE NEXT STREETSCAPES COMMITTEE MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY May 22, 2013 AT 7:00PM.
For more information please contact Doris Kessler: firstname.lastname@example.org
If the answer is 'yes' please contact the WMAN Streetscapes Committee for an application for street trees.
Trees are free of charge and supplied through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Bare Root Street TreePlanting Program. They are planted by trained Tree Tender volunteers.
Residents are responsible for their care and are given instructions on how to do so.
The Committee is continuing a twice yearly street tree planting tradition that began in November 2007 and has added 373 new trees to our community's streets.
For a look at the Nov. 10 Tree Plantings click here!
Click here for the photo gallery!
Local Nuisance Business Task Force
Mt. Airy Safety Network
Ned Wolf Park Project
Quality of Life Committee
Virtual Block Captain Program