Saturday, May 25, 2013

Clean the Bay Day - June 1st

Please join us for Clean the Bay Day on Saturday June 1st to help clean up our river and our bay.   We'll meet by the playground at Rokeby Ave and Providence Road at 9am and working until around noon.

This year is the 25th Anniversary of Clean the Bay Day.  During this time 122,000 volunteers, who have removed approximately 5.8 million pounds of debris from nearly 5,500 miles of shoreline in Virginia alone.   Last year, the Friends of Indian River collected about a 1000 pounds - 40 bags full - of trash from our shores.

Be part of this grand effort.   The Friends of Indian River's will be doing our cleanup along the stream buffer in Indian River Park, the headwaters of the Indian River.   This will help to spruce up the area, collect trash that will otherwise get washed into the river and impact wildlife.  The city will provide garbage bags. We'll have water and snacks available. Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves and other items that may be useful. Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.

We are planning to have a picnic after the cleanup.  The Friends of Indian River will bring hot dogs, burgers, and drinks.   We invite folks to bring a side dish like dessert, chips, pasta salad to share.  To help our planning, please reply back to this e-mail if you know you will join us.   (Last minute volunteers are still always welcome).

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Indian River Bridge Gardens

Our planting efforts were delayed yesterday morning by the persistent drizzle, but around 11 am we pulled out the shovels and got to work on the corners around Indian River Bridge.  By the time we were done we set up the gardens at the two bridge corners on the westbound side of the bridge and added some plants on the eastbound side.   Altogether we planted 10 rose bushes, 6 azaleas, 4 muhly grasses, and 5 verbana.   Still to come later in the season will be black-eyed susans.

A big thank you to our volunteers for coming out to help beautify the neighborhood!

The Plant Mobile

At Work

The Volunteer Crew

Last Fall's Gardens are doing Great!