Groundwork Somerville, city partner for Arbor Day celebration

April 23rd, 2010

Wicked Local Somerville

Posted Apr 19, 2010
Somerville

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston, Ward 2 School Committee member Teresa Cardoso and the Somerville Public Schools invite all interested individuals to attend Somerville’s Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m., at the Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street. The event will include four tree plantings, as well as youth presentations and a short speaking program. The Arbor Day events are part of the City’s ongoing efforts to increase overall tree cover and improve the health of the urban forest.

“Somerville has been named a ‘Tree City USA’ for 14 consecutive years, nominated for a 15th, and we look forward not only to celebrating that achievement, but also our commitment to creating a greener, more sustainable and more tree-friendly city,” Mayor Curtatone said. “Groundwork Somerville has been a tremendous partner in a number of citywide environmental efforts, and we’re excited to work with them for the upcoming Arbor Day event, as well as the annual SomerGreen Festival at our Spring Cleanup. I’d also like to thank the students and staff of the Argenziano School for their participation and leadership for the event this year, and I look forward to hearing some of the student’s presentations.”

“Though Somerville is the most densely populated community in New England, we are all committed to making this City cleaner and greener, and I am excited to work with the students in Ward 2 to do our part in that endeavor,” said Alderman Heuston.

“Over the last several years, we have seen some wonderful transformations in the Lincoln Park area, and I’m glad to be a part of this year’s Arbor Day ceremonies to continue to create positive change in the Argenziano School neighborhood,” said Cardoso.

Trees will be planted along Lincoln Parkway and in Lincoln Park during the ceremony, with students from the Argenziano School and Prospect Hill Academy, as well as the National Park Service “Park Preserver” Program, and in partnership with Groundwork Somerville. A short speaking agenda and youth presentation of poems and artwork will conclude the morning’s ceremony.

Friday, April 30, also marks the month of April’s “Walk/Ride Day,” held on the last Friday of every month. Walk/Ride Day is a monthly celebration of active transit. Residents can participate by walking, biking, taking mass transit or carpooling to school and work.

For more information on the City of Somerville’s Arbor Day events, or other parks programming, contact the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development at 617-625-6600 x2500.

On Earth Day, Tsongas introduces bipartisan legislation to help urban communities develop public parks and green space

April 23rd, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – April 22, 2010 – On Earth Day, Fifth District Congresswoman Niki Tsongas introduced legislation which would help urban communities turn blighted environments and brownfields sites into public parks or other usable green spaces. Tsongas’ bipartisan bill, entitled the Groundwork USA Trust Act of 2010, would strengthen the existing Groundwork USA (GWUSA) program, which provides federal funding to local communities and nonprofit organizations for green-space projects. The idea for the legislation was developed with Groundwork Lawrence, a nonprofit organization in Lawrence which has had several projects funded through the program, including the construction of community gardens, riverfront trails, and playgrounds. Groundwork USA is also a proven job creation tool. In economically challenged cities, the 17 GWUSA Trusts have created 131 full – or part-time jobs. “Creating green-space and public parks in urban communities is an excellent way to revitalize neighborhoods and further economic development in our cities,” said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. “Older cities, like those in the Merrimack Valley that I represent, are often forced to cope with blighted landscapes at former industrial sites. The City of Lawrence has worked extensively with Groundwork Lawrence to transform blighted areas of the city into usable community space. However, GWUSA has the potential to reach far more communities and have an even greater positive impact than its current structure allows and that is why I have introduced this legislation today.” Currently, GWUSA receives funding for green-space projects, known as Trusts, through the EPA and National Park Service. However, funding for Groundwork projects can be sporadic and unreliable, leading to a long back-log of proposals from communities that meet the necessary requirements for support and will greatly benefit our communities but which ultimately go unfunded. Tsongas’ legislation would create a dedicated funding stream to ensure continued support of the Groundwork USA program and provide stability for the program, and the impressive organizations it supports, by centralizing its administration through the National Parks Service. Under Tsongas’ bill, the Groundwork USA Trust Program would provide grants of up to $400,000 to local communities for development programs that address brownfields and blighted urban environments. The total authorization would be $15 million for each fiscal year through FY2015, which would allow Groundwork USA to produce 5-8 new Trusts each year. Last year alone, every dollar that the EPA invested in GWUSA projects was leveraged to $15 by local Trusts. “This legislation is extremely valuable to Lawrence as it will support our efforts to leverage public, private, and foundation dollars to continue our urban revitalization efforts,” said Heather McMann, Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence. “As Groundwork Lawrence prepares to celebrate its 10 year anniversary we are excited by the momentum to reclaim vacant lots for community and schoolyard gardens, design and build pedestrian and bike trails reclaiming the City’s alleyways and three rivers, and tackling climate change through tree plantings.” Since 2001, Groundwork Lawrence has completed over $6 million in public open space improvement projects while receiving only $240,000 in seed funding: a $24 to $1 ratio. Most importantly, 100% of these projects have taken place in Lawrence’s lowest-income environmental neighborhoods. Joining Congresswoman Tsongas in introducing the legislation today are Reps. Alberto Sires (D-NJ), Joseph Cao (R-LA), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). Groundwork USA is a network of nearly twenty independent, non-profit community development organizations called Groundwork ‘Trusts’ that are linked together as the Groundwork USA national network. GWUSA Trusts encourage a sense of common purpose and engage residents in giving back to their community. In 2009, GWUSA Trusts engaged residents in over 57,000 hours of volunteer service in their neighborhoods, and involved nearly 400 businesses in their work to improve their communities.

City of Somerville Arbor Day Celebration!

April 20th, 2010

Check out the flyer for this year’s event!

Arbor Day Flyer


Purchase tickets for Greening the City Gala in advance!

April 20th, 2010

Tickets are now available online for our third annual Greening the City Gala and Silent Art Auction, featuring Patti Moreno, Garden Girl!

Please follow these directions BEFORE 9pm, FRIDAY MAY 7th to purchase online!

1) Go to www.groundworksomerville.org/contact-us
2) Click on “Donate Now”
3) Click “Donate Now” again
4) Fill in form (at $40 per ticket you would like to purchase)
5) Fill in “Designation” as “Greening the City Gala, Last Name, # tickets”
6) Finish purchase!

Groundwork Somerville at the Union Square Farmers’ Market

April 19th, 2010

Come visit our booth at the market to see all the local produce and goodies we have to offer.  Meet the youth involved in Groundwork’s summer programs and learn about everything they do throughout the city!

Park Serve Day at Foss Park

April 19th, 2010

Join the Groundwork Somerville Green Team for a day of service in historic Foss Park.

CCP Design Workshop THREE!

April 15th, 2010

Community Corridor Planning Design Workshop series!

Do you want to create some plans for what the new GREEN LINE stations will look like? Ever wanted to participate in the State’s meetings, but haven’t know how to? Well this is the workshop series for YOU!

May 21; 6-8:30, location To Be Determined
May 22; 1-5pm, location To Be Determined
June 2; 6-8pm, location To Be Determined

CCP Design Workshop TWO

April 15th, 2010

Community Corridor Planning Design Workshop series!

Do you want to create some plans for what the new GREEN LINE stations will look like? Ever wanted to participate in the State’s meetings, but haven’t know how to? Well this is the workshop series for YOU!

May 21; 6-8:30, location To Be Determined
May 22; 1-5pm, location To Be Determined
June 2; 6-8pm, location To Be Determined

CCP Design Workshop

April 15th, 2010

Community Corridor Planning Design Workshop series!

Do you want to create some plans for what the new GREEN LINE stations will look like? Ever wanted to participate in the State’s meetings, but haven’t know how to? Well this is the workshop series for YOU!

May 21; 6-8:30, location To Be Determined
May 22; 1-5pm, location To Be Determined
June 2; 6-8pm, location To Be Determined

More information to come soon

CCP Design Workshop!

April 15th, 2010

Community Corridor Planning Design Workshop series!

Do you want to create some plans for what the new GREEN LINE stations will look like? Ever wanted to participate in the State’s meetings, but haven’t know how to? Well this is the workshop series for YOU!

May 21; 6-8:30, location To Be Determined
May 22; 1-5pm, location To Be Determined
June 2; 6-8pm, location To Be Determined

More information to come soon