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.
THE COMMITTEE IS INVOLVED IN:
- 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.
Doris Kessler chairs the committee. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join the work of this group or if you have a Streetscapes concern.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd
The Streetscapes Committee needs volunteers to help plant up to 45 new trees in Mt. Airy on Saturday, November 23rd. This will be the Committee’s 13th tree planting under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). The group has planted almost 400 trees in Mt. Airy.
Volunteers meet at 9:00 A.M at the Allens Lane Art Center; 601 W Allens Lane Volunteers are paired with PHS trained Tree Tenders and other landscapes professionals. No experience is necessary. Tools are provided and refreshments are served.
To volunteer and for more information please contact the WMAN Streetscapes Committee: Doris Kessler at email@example.com or 215.242.0651.
GATEWAY PERGOLAS CLEANUP
Saturday, November 9th was a perfect day to be outside. Twelve volunteers met to do just that at a fall clean up at the Gateway Project site, Lincoln Drive and Johnson Street.
THANK YOUS for lending a hand to keep our community beautiful go to Raliegh Dawson, Ben Kleiss, Chrizelda Palanca, and Daliyl Shakir from Timberland at King of Prussia. Mt. Airy neighbors, Sharon Corbin, Carol Graeber, Dick Kessler, Doris Kessler, Pat Moran, Sheila Oliver and Bob Simon, joined them. David Bower, Parks and Recreation Volunteer Coordinator, provided tools, guidance and inspiration.
The group readied the site for winter by weeding, raking leaves, pulling ivy, clearing brush, and picking up trash. Additional work is planned for late winter.
Additional photos can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/75699438@N03/sets/ : Gateway Clean Up
Friends of Allen Lane Station and WMAN Streetscapes Committee members met Saturday morning, September 28th to spread wood chip mulch beneath the station’s signature pin oak. The tree has been under stress from recent construction activity. More...
Pruning Workshop Photos More photos!
WOULD ADDING SOME STREET TREES MAKE YOUR BLOCK MORE SHADY AND BEAUTIFUL?
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 close to 400 new trees to our community's streets.
For a look at the Nov. 10 Tree Plantings click here!
Click here for the photo gallery!
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