SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Several Scarsdale environmental organizations are looking for local Good Samaritans seeking to repurpose a grass field into a meadow filled with native grasses and foliage.
This weekend, the village of Scarsdale, its Conservation Advisory Council and the Friends of Scarsdale Parks will begin efforts at the grass field near the intersection of Palmer Avenue and Secor Road, where they strive to transform the barren half acre into “an intensely productive home for birds, insects and other small animals” that would be open to the public.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, crews of volunteers older than 16 will begin removing invasive plants in advance of preparing and planting the meadow. Work will continue at the field the following week with crews working in two shifts all-day both Saturday and Sunday.
When the invasive plants are removed, organizers of the clean-up envision filling the void with native plant material such as restoration plants and live plugs. According to the proposal, in advance of winter frost, they hope to have tree “medians” planted this fall. During the winter, officials will determine the exact species for each seed mix before beginning to tend to the meadow next spring.
When complete, organizers hopes to increase public participation at the environmentally sustainable and beneficial site that has been vacant for nearly a decade. It will include a storm drain to avoid seasonal flooding at the nearby DPW facility.
The complete proposal from the Scarsdale CAC and Friends of Scarsdale Parks can be read online. Volunteers interested in helping during the project can submit their names on the organization's website.
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