Friends of Lovelace Park

 

photo by Betsy T.

The Friends of Lovelace Park are working to keep Lovelace AMAZING!

Spring is Here!

And with it a return to our work. Beginning in April, we will meet in the park on Saturdays at 9:30 and work for around two hours, or however long anyone can and wants to stay. We will have rewarding and worthwhile projects every week. Learn to properly mulch trees! Help keep the children’s sandbox lovely, clean, and weed free! Later in the season we will begin expanding the plantings in the pollinator garden.

Everyone is welcome! Current schedule:

There is no official work day on Saturday, April 17th. But…

Anyone who wants to be a Friend to Lovelace, especially during Earth Week, and chooses to do an Earth Day Clean Up at the park any time this week, please do send us a pic! We would love to show off your efforts!

We expect to meet again on Saturday, April 24th, at 9:30 as usual, possibly to prep the little kids playground prior to the City’s springtime delivery of wood chips for the season. We will be guided by the recommendations of the city park staff.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who helped with Spring Mulching this year!!

Volunteers mulch trees in Lovelace Park Evanston IL

Volunteers mulch trees Lovelace Park Evanston IL

 Volunteers worked hard on April 3rd, 10th, and 15th to protect and nourish our Lovelace trees. The trees and all the visitors who enjoy them are grateful!

Volunteers mulch trees Lovelace Park Evanston IL

The Native Plant Pollinator Garden Project

September 2020
Painted Turtle

This Friends of Lovelace project has already become a stunning success in just one season thanks to all the hard work of our volunteer community. The garden was ablaze with color and abuzz with pollinators this summer. We even attracted some new visitors!

The seedheads and grasses continue to provide for wildlife through the winter as well. These areas provide shelter for rabbits, and Cardinals and Blue Jays will eat the Echinacea seeds all winter, when foraging is challenging. In the spring, Goldfinches will be drawn here as well as they migrate through.

In 2021 we will be expanding the garden and tweaking the plantings to ensure that all our pollinator plants are native to the area. We will be purchasing plants from Prairie Moon Nursery (see our Resources page). If you’d like to make a contribution towards plant purchases, please use the contact form to reach Sigrid, our fearless leader!

 

The Lovelace Meadow Project

Our efforts to create a more natural, unmowed section of the park continue despite bureaucratic hurdles.

The area north of the sledding hill (colloquially referred to as ‘The Swamp’ by locals) consistently overflows onto the paved path and provides a view only of muddy grooves carved into the ground by the City of Evanston mowers.

This area would be well served by water-thirsty native plants that would mitigate the flooding and provide habitat for birds and pollinators alike. We are convinced that common sense will prevail and that the Friends of Lovelace will soon be sowing native flower seeds in this unused area of our jewel of a park!

 

Share your photos with the Lovelace Park community!

Our fabulous park with its open spaces and natural beauty provides so many opportunities for the photographer in all of us. If you take a pic while you’re there, we’d love to see it. Email pics to LovelacePark at outlook dot com and we’ll display them in our Photo Gallery.


Our Mission Statement

We are a group of neighbors living near and enjoying this wonderful recreational resource. We are committed to enhancing the park and assisting the City’s Maintenance Crew by volunteering for the following tasks:

  • Mulching the trees correctly. Click here for a diagram.
  • Working with City Crew when planting new trees to select the proper spots (not in the sledding area).
  • Establishing a pollinator garden to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
  • Collaborating with other organizations in collecting litter and debris.
  • Offering our services when needed or requested by City Crews.