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Blair Park work day, May 9

Dear Friends,

We’ve rescheduled our next Blair Park work day for Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Please join us!

Be sure to wear work gloves, and bring clippers and rakes if you have them.

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

You provide the muscle, and we’ll provide the refreshments and snacks.

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

We’re making great progress clearing ivy from the base of trees and cutting out dead wood. The park is looking better all the time, thanks to everyone’s help.

Good news: According to Piedmont City Administrator Paul Benoit, the diseased and dying Monterey pines on Moraga will be cut down in May or by June 30.

Questions: email marjb@sbcglobal.net

See you on May 9th.

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.