Written by Karin Barnaby Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00
Sea Cliff has seven parks and numerous “pocket” parks and landscaped communal spaces. The parks greatly enhance the beauty and appeal of the village and they increase property values. Until 20 years ago, most of Sea Cliff’s parks were overgrown with vines and weeds and ungainly shrubs. Thanks to the joint efforts of the Sea Cliff Beautification Committee (SCBC) and the village, that is no longer the case. The parks are in great shape. To make sure they stay that way, SCBC provides the village with horticultural maps and inventories to improve planning and maintenance. Over the years, the SCBC has planted thousands of spring-flowering bulbs and ornamental flowers, trees and shrubs throughout Sea Cliff.
For the past six years, the SCBC’s pruning committee, a handful of devoted, knowledgeable volunteers—Cliff and Jean Davis, John Swanson and Russ Gorog—assisted by a rotating crew of their fellow Sea Cliffians, have gotten the parks into beautiful and healthy shape and they have saved the village a great deal of money by doing so. Most recently, they intervened to prevent perhaps irreparable damage to one of Sea Cliff’s landmark trees, the grand old Blue Atlas Cedar in front of the library.
The SCBC pruning committee is currently seeking a new generation of volunteer pruners. Twenty or 30 or more new volunteers would allow for a generous rotation, so that each individual would be responsible for just one or two mornings in the spring or fall. Anyone able to give even just one or two hours at a time will be making a really meaningful and lasting contribution.
The SCBC pruning committee will meet for the first time this year, on March 13, at 9 a.m., at Library Park. After that, pruning resumes every Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, weather permitting. Spring pruning sessions finish by June. In the fall, Saturday pruning sessions start after Labor Day and finish up by Thanksgiving. The payoff for volunteers is satisfaction in seeing the difference in the appearance of the parks when pruning is done. At the same time, volunteers learn how to raise healthy shrubs and promote good growth—valuable skills and knowledge that they can apply to their own gardens.
Help spruce up Sea Cliff’s parks, everyone’s “communal garden,” starting March 13, 9 a.m., at Library Park. For information: Call Russ Gorog at 759-0144, John Swanson at 671-8582, or Jean Davis at 676-3543, to volunteer a few hours. BYOP: Bring Your Own Pruners.