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POSTPONED: Blair Park Work Day

Due to paving work on Moraga Avenue, between Pala Ave. and the eastern Piedmont city limit, on Saturday, April 11, we are canceling the Blair Park work day that was planned for Saturday. We’ll reschedule later this month or early May and will let you know.

The trees in the park are looking much better, thanks to the hard work of our volunteer crews on two recent Saturdays. Take a walk through the park to see all that’s been done so far.

NOTICE FROM PIEDMONT PUBLIC WORKS:

On Saturday, April 11th, the City of Piedmont will be paving Moraga Avenue between the Pala Avenue and the eastern City Limit with Oakland. This work, which will include the filling of potholes and replacing temporary patches, is the final step in the sewer construction that has been going on for several weeks. The work will begin at 8:00 a.m. and should be completed in a single day.

Due to the logistics of working in a busy street, it will be necessary to have traffic control measures around the work areas. Please follow the instructions of the signs and flagmen present. Because of this, there will be traffic delays and disruptions on Moraga Ave. during this work. Your awareness, cooperation, and patience is appreciated.

If you have any questions related to this matter, or would like the City to be aware of any special circumstances, please call Chester Nakahara, Director of Public Works at (510) 420-3061 or email him at cnakahara@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

Upcoming Community Work Days in Blair Park

UPDATE: The community work day originally scheduled for April 11 in Blair Park has been postponed due to paving work on Moraga Ave. We’ll post an update when we know the new date.

Ivy-smothered oak tree in Blair Park.

Ivy-smothered oak tree in Blair Park.

Dear Friends of Moraga Canyon,

FOMC is planning two more Community Work Days to pull weeds and strip ivy off of struggling oak trees in Blair Park:

This Saturday, April 4, and Next Saturday, April 11
10 a.m. to Noon.

Bring your friends and neighbors. Everyone (over age 12) is welcome.

Wear work gloves, and bring clippers and rakes if you have them.

Refreshments & snacks provided. Great exercise, good fun, and good work!

Street parking is available on Moraga Ave. at the east (upper) end of Blair Park.

Questions: email marjb@sbcglobal.net

Next Blair Park community work day, April 4

The last Blair Park community work day was a smashing success! An article by Linda Davis in the latest Piedmonter sums it up:

About 25 people of all ages, rakes, clippers and gloves in hand, turned out for a volunteer work party on Feb. 28 at Blair Park.

The workers from both Montclair and Piedmont got permission from the city to remove tenacious ivy that is choking off the oak trees, said Marj Blackwell from Friends of Moraga Canyon, which organized the work party. Volunteers toiled for two hours, piling up ivy that would later be removed by the city to green waste disposal, Public Works Director Chester Nakahara said.

The next work party is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon April 4. Volunteers over age 12 are welcome to sign up by contacting marjb@sbcglobal.net.

It is estimated at least $1,000 was saved for the city by 25 people doing volunteer labor.

“They did a great job of stewardship of the park,” City Administrator Paul Benoit said. “They are people who care about that space and they saved the city some money doing some necessary work. There is no downside.”

Read more at the Piedmonter, and please join us for the next community work day on April 4!

Artist’s conception of Blair Park

blair-park-artwork Friends of Moraga Canyon commissioned architect and illustrator Peter Hasselman of Orinda to portray what Blair Park could look like with proper maintenance and improved landscaping. We believe his illustration captures the idea of Blair Park as a lovely open space, with a meandering path suitable for walking, bird watching, dog walking or just relaxing and enjoying being in the out of doors.

Click on the image for a larger view.

Pictures from Blair Park work day

Nearly 30 friends and neighbors of Blair Park took part in a Community Work Day on Saturday, Feb. 28, that was organized by Friends of Moraga Canyon to clean ivy off of oak and fruit trees in the park. Piedmont and Oakland residents of all ages came armed with work gloves, clippers and rakes to do battle with the vines that are strangling the trees.

Two hours of hard work produced large piles of clippings to be hauled away by the Piedmont Department of Public Works.  Everyone was so enthusiastic about the event that another work day is being planned for next month.

Photos by Joannie Semitekol. Click on any photo to browse through larger views; in the large view, click on the right or left side of the photo to page through.

A piece of ivy as thick as a tree freed from around an oak

A piece of ivy as thick as a tree freed from around an oak

Marj Blackwell, Barbara Peters and Joan Anspach in a sea of ivy

Marj Blackwell, Barbara Peters and Joan Anspach in a sea of ivy

Proudly standing in front of their impressive pile of ivy are Nick Sibal, Scott Mortimer, Christy VanSlyke and Don Chandler

Proudly standing in front of their impressive pile of ivy are Nick Sibal, Scott Mortimer, Christy VanSlyke and Don Chandler

A fun day in Blair Park

A fun day in Blair Park

Mother and daughter pulling together to free a California Buckeye from choking ivy

Mother and daughter pulling together to free a California Buckeye from choking ivy

Blair Park Community Work Day volunteers

Blair Park Community Work Day volunteers

Garrett Keating in the thickets

Garrett Keating in the thickets

Flowering plum after ivy removal

Flowering plum after ivy removal

Piedmont High School student pitching in

Piedmont High School student pitching in

Clearing ivy from under oaks

Clearing ivy from under oaks

Piles and piles of ivy

Piles and piles of ivy

Virginia Dobbins and Garrett Keating clearing ground ivy

Virginia Dobbins and Garrett Keating clearing ground ivy

Busy work day in Blair Park

Busy work day in Blair Park

Marj Blackwell, Friends of Moraga Canyon President, pulling invasive ivy

Marj Blackwell, Friends of Moraga Canyon President, pulling invasive ivy

Chris McGiffin and Max, our mascot for the day, and daily visitors to Blair Park, starting work

Chris McGiffin and Max, our mascot for the day, and daily visitors to Blair Park, starting work

Same Buckeye after ivy removal. Trees in background consumed by ivy, work yet to be done.

Same Buckeye after ivy removal. Trees in background consumed by ivy, work yet to be done.

Morrisa Sherman and Al Peters at work on tree protection

Morrisa Sherman and Al Peters at work on tree protection

More trees saved from choking ivy

More trees saved from choking ivy