Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lagoon Park Restoration Project WORKDAY

Thanks to Canandaigua Botanical Society President, 
Bill Bross for these photos...
 More than a dozen folks came to help including FLCC students,
 our new city manager, David Forrest
 Jim Engel,
 and Mayor Polemini
Things are coming along in the Restoration Project at the Lagoon Park in Canandaigua along Lakeshore Drive where several invasive species are being removed to encourage native species to flourish.  Thursday, April 18th will be a major planting and seeding day at Lagoon Park and YOU are invited to come lend a hand.  We will post more information as we get it...but plan to just show up on Thursday, April 18th and there's sure to be something for you to do!  Bring friends!

From the Daily Messenger on Wednesday, April 17th:

WHAT: Community planting day at Lagoon Park
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18
WHERE: Park at the Steamboat Landing parking lot (205 Lakeshore Dr.) and walk across street to Lagoon Park
MORE: Participants are encouraged to wear boots and gloves. Shovels, food and drink will be provided.

Please see comment below for the MPN article...

1 comment:

  1. From today's Daily Messenger:
    Lagoon Park planting day set for Thursday
    By Scott Pukos, staff writer
    Messenger Post
    Posted Apr 17, 2013
    Residents interested in a restoration project at Lagoon Park — off Lakeshore Drive — will get a chance to help Thursday. As part of Finger Lakes Community College’s April 18 Activities Day, staff, students and volunteers plan to gather at the park to help plant native species.
    The project to remove harmful plants from the park, such as European Buckthorn, and plant native species, began last year. Jim Engel, the owner of White Oak Nursery in Geneva, has been working with the city of Canandaigua and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council on the restoration.
    As of March 28, a total of $11,415 had been raised for the project, including $7,665 through the Canandaigua Botanical Society. The plan does not currently include any cash contributions from the city of Canandaigua, Watershed Manager Kevin Olvany said during a monthly Environmental Committee meeting.
    The first part of the cleanup — including Thursday’s community event — will be in a two-acre spot of the park along Lakeshore Drive. According to a cleanup plan from project partners including the Botanical Society, Watershed, Engel, FLCC, and the city, this area has the highest density of European Blackthorn. A number of invasive plants in this area have been cut by Engel and treated with a pesticide called glyphosate to kill the roots. Olvany noted that a DEC permit was granted to use the pesticide on the plant stumps within a wetland portion of the area.
    According to the plan, the goal is plant 300 native shrubs and trees in the area. Proposed plants to be added to the area include, nannyberry, spicebush, button bush, bladdernut, hackberry, Pagoda dogwood, and American chokecherry.
    Engel will bring plants prior to the community gathering Thursday and set them up in a position where they are ready to be planted, Olvany said.
    The goal is to complete planting in the first zone, along with areas on the Lagoon Park island and along Routes 5 and 20 expected to be completed in 2013. The progress of these areas will be evaluated and a plan to work on the remaining parts of the park will be formulated shortly after.
    A team from FLCC will continue to monitor the area that has been worked on, Olvany added.