A stand of trees in the virtually tree-less Iron Triangle neighborhood is looking sharp after the nonprofit group Pogo Park teamed with city staff and local businesses last month to clean, prune and restore them.
The ash trees that line Ohio Avenue between Harbour Way and 8th Street needed the upkeep, said Toody Maher, executive director of Pogo Park, which Maher founded in 2007 in order to transform the neighborhood’s rarely used parks and playgrounds into vibrant spaces.
Maher told the Richmond Standard that her staff at Pogo Park, consisting entirely of neighborhood residents, noticed the “magnificent stand of trees” on Ohio Avenue was being neglected.
“This particular stand of ash trees on Ohio is special and remarkable because the Iron Triangle is a neighborhood with virtually no trees,” Maher said.
On March 13, Pogo Park staffers teamed with the city’s Parks and Landscaping Department and arborist Big Chief Tree Service of El Cerrito to offer those lonely trees some love and care.
The nonprofit’s staff “removed every weed and blade of grass by hand from the strip between sidewalk and street,” according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s newsletter.
Also, Big Chief Tree Service pruned 17 trees, removed two that had died, aerated and vertically composted the soil and placed organic mulch on a 500-foot-long roadside area, Lindsay added.
Near those trees is the site of the future Harbour-8 Park, which Pogo Park is building with help from $150,000 in funds from The Trust for Public Land, the country’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit that creates parks and open spaces for people. The future park will include gardens and a play area.
“Getting TPL on board in Richmond is a game changer,” Maher said.
Check out an amazing image of the future Harbour-8 Park:
Below is a list of the park projects that Pogo Park is currently working on. For more information about the organization, visit its website.